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Al Foster Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard

March 7, 2012The great drummer made his debut at the club with Sonny Rollins in the late '60s. That was before NPR existed. Foster has been a sideman to the stars ever since, and now he leads his own band of young guns. His new quartet performs here in a live concert recording.

The great drummer Al Foster was with us when WBGO and NPR Music first webcast live from the Village Vanguard, back in May 2008. Of course, he has a much longer history than we've kept; he's played on no fewer than six "live at the Village Vanguard" commercial albums, and he says he made his debut at the venerated club with Sonny Rollins in the late 1960s. That is, he's performed with the best of the best for longer than either WBGO or NPR have existed. Oh, and he was the drummer for some guy named Miles Davis for more than a decade.

Foster earned his reputation as a sideman, but he's had the opportunity to lead a band in recent years — a band with a recently reconfigured lineup of young guns. WBGO and NPR Music present a live radio broadcast and video webcast of the new Al Foster Quartet live at the Village Vanguard.

Personnel
  • Al Foster, drums
  • JD Allen, tenor saxophone
  • Adam Birnbaum, piano
  • Dezron Douglas, bass
Set List

Compositions by Al Foster unless otherwise indicated.

  • "Aloysius"
  • "Little B's Poem" (Hutcherson)
  • "Con Alma" (Gillespie)
  • "Peter's Mood"
  • "It Could Happen To You" (Van Heusen/Burke)
  • "Oooh What You Do To Me"
  • "St. Thomas" (Rollins)
Credits

Producer And Host: Josh Jackson; Audio Engineer: David Tallacksen; Production Assistant: Michael Downes; Moderator: Lara Pellegrinelli. Recorded March 7, 2012 at The Village Vanguard in New York, N.Y.

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One of the world's preeminent jazz venues, the Village Vanguard has regularly presented jazz's greatest musicians since 1957. Live At The Village Vanguard is a collaboration between WBGO and NPR Music presenting live broadcasts from the legendary club, both on air and streaming online.

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