You mention Yusef Lateef! I've been listening to his records ever since his death a few weeks ago--how I overlooked him all these years I don't know but I am thankful to have found him. What other jazz musicians are meaningful to you lately? And also, what drummers in any genre get you excited or get you thinking differently about music?
albert ayler and ornette. if you haven't heard herbie nichols give him a listen. right now i like listening to folks build drum parts in the electronic world. architecturally that seems the most happening to me right now. there's so much and it's a very healthy scene with lots of new sounds coming out.