Frank Foster

Soul Outing!

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This CD reissue from 1998 brings back tenor saxophonist Frank Foster's second date as a leader after leaving Count Basie's Orchestra in 1964 after an 11-year stint. Foster, who would become more influenced by John Coltrane as time passed, is heard playing five fairly modern tunes: three of his originals and two songs from the musical Golden Boy. With the assistance of trumpeter Virgil Jones, pianist Pat Rebillot, Bob Cunningham or Richard Davis on bass, drummer Alan Dawson and (on two numbers) guitarist Billy Butler, Foster plays in a variety of modern mainstream styles from the era including funk, Latin, a bit of gospel and more straight-ahead. The overall results are not that memorable but they do show Foster growing beyond the world of Count Basie.

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