Al Foster Quartet Live: Love Peace and Jazz
Label: Jazz Eyes
Al Foster Quartet
Live at Village Vanguard, NY
A piece of the history of jazz music, since, very young, in early the '70s he joined Miles Davis' famous group, Al Foster is one of today most influential drummers of this music. With his feline but resonant touch, this Afro-American drummer is counted among the most sensitive and modern performers of the last decades. Son of a double-bass player, Aloysius - this is his real birth name - recorded the first time under the Blue Note when he was not even 20, playing with trumpeter Blue Mitchell's quintet. In the renowned "Cellar" he met just legendary Miles, who suddenly hired him profiting from his sticks for historic album such as Big Fun, On the Corner, Get up with It, Dark Magus and the pair Panghea and Agharta, up to '75 when Davis was forced to temporarily retire. When in the '80s the trumpet player could resume back his activity, Foster got back to mark the rhythm cadences on the albums of the return, Man with the Horn, We Want Miles, Star People, Decoy, You're under Arrest, to Amandla, the last recording from jazz black numen and his regular band. Foster's most recent collaborations are with Sonny Rollins, Red Garland, McCoy Tyner and Joe Henderson.
But his inventiveness and powerful drive are provided for at best together with the quartet that, since '97, has seen Foster escorted by young and brilliant jazz players: saxophonist Eli DeGibri, who, after his debut recording with Herbie Hancock, followed the very first steps of Foster's band, pianist Kevin Hays, who succeeded Aaron Goldberg in '99, double-bass player Douglas Weiss, who also distinguished himself with Brad Mehldau and flaking the likes of Toshiko Kiyoshi, Lee Konitz, Chris Potter and other relevant players as well.
With such impressive musicians, versatile drum player has played nearly 500 dates all around the world, from concert halls in Europe to small clubs, to the famed New York Village Vanguard where, after 12 years since his last recording, he played the present album for the label Jazz Eyes: recorded live in the sacred atmosphere of the new temple of NYC jazz, here are six tunes including ESP and Blue in Green, two standards being a significant homage to the jazz of all time.
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"sheer effervescence…eloquent, rewarding…flexible cohesion"
The New York Times