Inspiration comes from many sources. For legendary drummer Al Foster, it stems from the two groups of people who are closest to him: the jazz giants he's been honored to play with (and who, though he'd be the last to admit it, have been blessed to work with him); and, first and foremost, his family.
On his latest album, Inspirations & Dedications, Foster pays back his loved ones and collaborators with a set of songs written or interpreted in their honor. Inspirations & Dedications is largely composed of Foster's original tunes, which lovingly tip their hats to his wife, children, grandchildren, colleagues, and even himself.
The album is bookended by a pair of classics by two of the jazz icons with whom the drummer has worked extensively: Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis. Each piece comes vividly to life through Foster's stellar quintet: trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, saxophonist Dayna Stephens, pianist Adam Birnbaum, and longtime bassist (and dedicatee) Doug Weiss.
|Brand||Smoke Sessions Records|
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