Frank Foster: Soul Outing

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This 1966 session lives up to its title, offering the strong, comfortable appeal of a solid Lee Morgan record. Soul Outing was Foster's second Prestige record after concluding an 11-year stint in the Count Basie band in 1964 (the first, Fearless, was also recently issued on CD). Although he'd developed a reputation as an ace arranger, Foster spotlights his own warm, muscular tenor soulfulness here.

He's in a compatible quintet performing three originals and two numbers from the Broadway play Golden Boy. Foster's "Show the Good Side" has the gospel soul of a Bobby Timmons number. And the Lee Morgan stamp is all over the Sidewinder-swing of Foster's "Skankaroony" and the Latin lilt of "Night Song." The two covers get muscular samba readings and trumpeter Virgil Jones makes a good foil as Lee Morgan to Foster's Hank Mobley. Guitarist Billy Butler is also featured in a small rhythm role on "Show The Good Side" and "Night Song."

Foster went on to form his own jazz orchestra, the Loud Minority, and a stint with Elvin Jones before returning as director of the Basie orchestra. Today he's back to making strong, terrific music like this strong, timeless jazz classic. Recommended.

Tracks:Show The Good Side; While The City Sleeps; Skankaroony; Chiquito Loco; Night Song.

Personnel: Frank Foster: tenor sax; Virgil Jones: trumpet; Pat Rebillot: piano; Billy Butler: guitar; Bob Cunningham: bass; Richard Davis: bass; Alan Dawson: drums, congas.

Record Label: Fantasy Jazz

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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