With self-knowledge comes a greater awareness of who Lateef is, what his true goals in life are, and what direction he wants to set for his life.
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Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gale began playing guitar at the age of 12.  Although he majored in chemistry at Niagara University , Gale was determined to pursue a musical career, and began contributing to accompaniments for such stars as Maxine Brown , the Drifters , and Jesse Belvin . He soon began to attract the attention of King Curtis and Jimmy Smith , who began recommending him for studio work.  He became known first as a session musician in the 1960s, eventually appearing on an estimated 500 albums. Among the many artists he recorded with were Mose Allison , Aretha Franklin , Bob James , Paul Simon (Gale plays a supporting role in the 1980 film One-Trick Pony , written by and starring Simon), Lena Horne , Quincy Jones , Bob Marley , Nina Simone , Peter Tosh , Grover Washington, Jr. , Herbie Mann , Esther Phillips , Joe Cocker , Carly Simon , Van Morrison , Al Jarreau , Dave Grusin , Lee "Scratch" Perry ,  Paul Douglas  and Billy Joel .  He also had played in Aretha Franklin's stage band.
September 1937: Recorded 4 sides with Fletcher Henderson for Vocalion in NYC
September 1947: No reportet acitivities
September 1957 : Recorded with tromboneplaye Bill Harris for Fantasy in LA
September 1967 : Touring England with pianist Pat Smythe. BBC TV broadcast
In 1975 Lateef was awarded a Doctorate in Education by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for a dissertation on Western and Islamic education. Between 1981 and 1985 he was a senior research fellow at the University of Ahmadubelo, Nigeria. On his return he took up a teaching post at The University of Massachusetts, to which he remained attached for the rest of his life.