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Foster Al

Musicians or bands:

Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Dave Holland, Chick Corea, John Scofield, Branford Marsalis, Don Pullen, Herbie Hancock, Michel Petrucciani, Mac Coy Tyner, John Mac Laughlin, Richard Galliano, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Blue Michell, Junior Cook, Gene Taylor, Sonny Fortune, Pete Cosey, Regie Lucas, Michael Henderson, Red Garland, Sam Jones, George Adams, Darryl Jones, Mino Cinelu, Gil Evans, Sting, Bob Berg, Joe Henderson, Ron Carter, Bobby Enriquez, Ray Brown, Sonny Rollins, Tommy Flanagan, Bob Cranshaw, Lew Soloff, Ray Vega, Jimmy Knepper, Dave Taylor, Christian McBride, Joe Chambers, Craig Handy, Steve Kuhn, Michael Brecker, Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Garrett, Geri Allen, Christian McBride, Dexter Gordon

Biography and commentary:

Al Foster is one of the pioneers of Jazz Fusion, born in 1944. He has played with many contemporary jazz musicians. He get noticed by playing with Miles Davis during his electric period, from 1973 (after Tony Williams, Lenny White, Jack DeJohnette and Billy Cobham) until his death in 1991 (including "We Want Miles" ( 1981) with Mino Cinelu on percussion, and which received a Grammy Award). He is a master of the improvised playing of the four limbs in independence, like Jack DeJohnette, Elvin Jones and Tony Williams (they are almost from the same generation) and pushing the traditional jazz drumming (swing) in an almost unsurpassable level. Its very reduced set integrates a Chinese cymbal and his playing is as technique (hits alternating playing, heel/toe with the left foot, etc.), versatile (he can have as well a very original and fast "funky" playing, as a very square rock, reggae, latin, jazz bebop, swing or "afro" playing) and surprising (a remarkable sense of improvised counterpoint, the mark of the greatest jazz drummers, and a great inventiveness in the use of timbres and sounds which can be taken out from the instrument).

Marc De Douvan, publication in French: January 3, 2006 (for the translation in English: July 12, 2015)

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