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IN PICTURES

23th Punta del Este Jazz in Uruguay (first night)

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Photographs from the first night of the 23rd version of the Jazz Festival of Punta del Este in Uruguay. Performances by Amigos de El Sosiego (The Music of Lee Morgan) with David Feldman: piano; Popo Romano: double bass; Pipi Piazzolla: drums; Nicolás Mora: guitar; Diego Urcola: trumpet with Alex Brown: violin; Jessé Sadoc: trumpet. The Al Foster Cuarteto with Adam Birnbaum: piano; Doug Weiss: double bass; Chris Potter: saxophone; Al Foster: drums. And the Johnny O'Neal Trío. Mark Lewandowski: double ...

FILM REVIEWS

New Morning Paris Concert

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Al Foster New Morning Paris Concert Inakustik 2009

Al Foster played with Miles Davis for several years in the '70s, appearing on Get Up With It, On The Corner, Big Fun, Dark Magus, Agharta, and reuniting with him in the '80s for The Man With The Horn, We Want Miles, Star People, Decoy and You're Under Arrest. And the drummer was one of the few people to stay in contact with him ...

INTERVIEWS

Al Foster: Love, Peace and Jazz!

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Drumming great Al Foster has spent nearly a half-century playing with some of the greatest musicians, and on some of the most memorable albums, in jazz history, from Miles Davis' On The Corner and Agharta to Joe Henderson's State of the Tenor and the collaborative group Scolohofo (with John Scofield, Joe Lovano and Dave Holland). Today Foster records and tours the world with his own quartet, last year releasing Love, Peace And Jazz!, recorded live at Village Vanguard. During a ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Al Foster Quartet: Love, Peace and Jazz!

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Al Foster is probably best known as Miles Davis' drummer for much of the '70s and '80s, and as a well-regarded sideman for jazz giants including Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson. He's also, somewhat quietly, been leading a first-rate unit of his own for more than a decade, one that has only released two albums, the first in 1997 and the second just out in 2008 on the Italian Jazz Eyes label. Love, Peace and ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Al Foster Quartet: Love, Peace and Jazz!

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Al Foster is one of the most celebrated drummers in modern jazz, having worked as a sideman with a who's who of artists, including Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Joe Henderson. Recorded in April 2007 at the Village Vanguard in New York City, Love, Peace and Jazz! finds the veteran Foster leading a free-wheeling quartet with saxophonist Eli Degibri, pianist Kevin Hays and bassist Douglas Weiss.Throughout the disc, Foster, the elder statesmen, sits front-and-center, ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Mosaic Select 32: Pendulum Live at the Village Vanguard

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These days a collection of artists--no matter how strong--getting together for a largely standards-based date is often treated with some suspicion. With so many jazz recordings being released every month revolving around an increasingly well-heeled (but, nevertheless, still important) repertoire from The Great American Songbook or legacy jazz artists like pianist Thelonious Monk and saxophonists John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, the cynicism that meets even forward-thinking standards interpreters like pianist Keith Jarrett's trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack ...