Al Foster Birthday Quartet

Al Foster Birthday Quartet

Al Foster Birthday Quartet

Dayna Stephens [tenor saxophone]   Adam Birnbaum [piano]   Doug Weiss [bass]   Al Foster [drums]


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Al Foster celebrates his birthday in the company of his superb quartet including saxophonist Dayna Stephens. Foster, whose transcendent grooves and rhythmic textures were the pulse of Miles Davis’ bands throughout the ’70s and ’80s, is known for making everyone around him sound better. In his autobiography, Miles related that he hired Al because, “he could set up shit for everyone else to play off and could keep the groove going forever.” Of course, his career has many other highlights including extensive work with Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, and Joe Henderson. Sonny called Al “the last of the great living jazz drummers” and Henderson reportedly said Al was his favorite drummer, period.