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date: 17 November 2019

Foster, Al(oysius)locked

  • Barry Longs

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(b Richmond, VA, Jan 18, 1944). American jazz drummer. He moved with his family to New York at the age of eight. By the time he was ten he had begun to play the drums, learning jazz from Max Roach recordings with the encouragement of his father, a bass player. He met Sonny Rollins in his teens and by the age of 16 was playing with Hugh Masekela. He made his first recording with Blue Mitchell (The Thing to Do, 1964, BN) and performed with Ted Curson, Illinois Jacquet, Lou Donaldson, and Kai Winding. Foster had spent two years working with Earl May at the Cellar Club in Manhattan when in 1972 Miles Davis heard a set and immediately hired him to replace Jack DeJohnette. He remained in the trumpeter’s group for more than a decade, performing on such records as Big Fun (1969–72, Col.), On the Corner...

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