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Al Foster, master drummer, has been a major innovator in the world of jazz for several decades. As a member of the Miles Davis band for thirteen years, Foster's contribution to Davis' music is articulated by Davis himself in his 1989 autobiography, Miles: The Autobiography, where Davis describes the first time he heard Foster play live in 1972 at the Cellar Club on 95th Street in Manhattan: 'He [Foster] knocked me out because he had such a groove and he would just lay it right in there. That was the kind of thing I was looking for. AI could set it up for everybody else to play off and just keep the groove going forever." Other artists Foster has performed and recorded with include Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Randy & Michael Brecker, Bill Evans (the pianoplayer), George Benson, Kenny Drew, Carmen McRae, Stan Getz, Toots Thielemans, Dexter Gordon and Chick Corea


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Bob Weir and Others at the Jazz Foundation of America Gala Concert at the Apollo Theater

Read "Bob Weir and Others at the Jazz Foundation of America Gala Concert at the Apollo Theater" reviewed by Paul Reynolds

Bob Weir, Marshall Allen, Jazzmeia Horn, Dee Dee Bridgewater, et al.The Apollo Theater Jazz Federation of America Gala New York, NY March 28, 2024 At gala concerts for worthy groups, it's understandably easy for the music to play second fiddle to the organization itself--and the desire to support it. ...


Article: Bailey's Bundles

Late-Period Art Pepper Box Sets

Read "Late-Period Art Pepper Box Sets" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In his essay, “Endgame," which opens the liner notes to Art Pepper: The Complete Galaxy Recordings (Galaxy, 1989), music critic Gary Giddens said of Art Pepper's professional comeback: “Pepper's sudden reappearance in 1975 was something of a second coming in musical circles. For the next seven years, his frequent recordings and tours, and ...


Article: SoCal Jazz

Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid

Read "Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid" reviewed by Jim Worsley

In memory of Dean Brown. This interview was first published at All About Jazz on April 23, 2021. From the outset, the equation was simple enough. Jazz + rock = fusion. However, whether it was Miles Davis, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, or any of the pioneers of fusion, the music has always been far ...


Article: Live Review

Al Foster Quintet at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club

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Al Foster Quintet 81st Birthday Celebration Smoke Jazz & Supper Club January 27, 2024 Hello, my name is Chris DeRosa and this is what I heard... Smoke is a great venue to hear timeless jazz. Established in 1999 and located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the sound ...


Whatever: Anthology 1

Label: Blue Buddha Productions
Released: 2023
Track listing: Whatever; Peekamoose Blues; Song of Landa (Featuring Al Foster, Buster Williams, Michael Wolff and Roy Kawasaki); Juxtaposition; Hangin' With Sheri (with T Xiques); Dune (Featuring Steve Gaboury and Luigi Hopper); Dancing Spirals; Miles Away (Featuring Al Foster, Buster Williams, Michael Wolff and Roy Kawasaki); Blast Off.


The Electric Years Box Set

Label: Columbia Records / VMP Anthology
Released: 2023


Article: Live Review

Litchfield Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Litchfield Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by Paul Reynolds

Litchfield Jazz Festival The Frederick Gunn School Washington CT July 28 to July 30, 2023 It's fitting that a festival set in a location as venerable-sounding as the Litchfield Hills deeply respects tradition. That commitment starts with the music styles it presents. While the Litchfield Jazz Festival isn't averse to going ...


Article: Live Review

William Parker New Heart Trio at The Chapel

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William Parker New Heart Trio The Chapel San Francisco, CA May 15, 2023 William Parker is a free jazz phenom, as his current New Heart Trio heartedly demonstrated. Accompanied by the legendary William Hooker on the drum set and firebrand Isaiah Collier on tenor saxophone and hand percussion, Parker, attired in ...


Article: Interview

Wayne Escoffery: Still Forging Ahead

Read "Wayne Escoffery: Still Forging Ahead" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has a long, ongoing association with the Mingus Big Band organization, including a Grammy for Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard (Jazz Workshop, Inc., Sue Mingus Music, 2010). His career also includes a special relationship with trumpeter Tom Harrell, with whom he has played for many years. All that is enough to ...


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