Al Foster – Inspirations & Dedications {Smoke Sessions}

Al Foster – Inspirations & Dedications {Smoke Sessions}

Hard Bop, Contemporary Jazz

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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.

The pieces on Inspirations & Dedications aren’t portraits but gifts, beloved tunes titled as remembrances and appreciations. Foster has been acknowledging the people who’ve made an impact on his life for as long as he’s been writing music. “I’m getting up there in age,” says the 76-year old drummer, though he’s also quick to point out that he’s in good health. “My musical life has been unbelievable, and I love my family. I just wanted to leave them something to enjoy with my songs.”

01. Cantaloupe Island (6:42)
02. Ooh, what You Do to Me (5:39)
03. Simone’s Dance (5:01)
04. Samba de Michelle (5:54)
05. Kierra (5:31)
06. Douglas (4:48)
07. Brandyn (1:39)
08. Our Son (2:42)
09. Song for Monique (4:21)
10. Jazzon (5:00)
11. Bonnie Rose (5:35)
12. Aloysius (7:26)
13. Jean-Pierre (5:40)

Al Foster – drums
Jeremy Pelt – trumpet
Dayna Stephens – tenor & baritone saxophones
Adam Birnbaum – piano
Doug Weiss – bass

Produced by Paul Stache and Damon Smith
Recorded live on January 28, 2019 at Sear Sound Studio A, NYC
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Christopher Allen
Studio Assistant: Owen Mulholland
Photography by John Abbott
Design: Damon Smith and Eric Beatty
Liner notes by David R. Adler

All compositions by Al Foster except:
“Cantaloupe Island” by Herbie Hancock and,
“Jean-Pierre” by Miles Davis

2019, Smoke Sessions Records, 2751 Broadway, New York, New York 10025

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