Al Foster – Inspirations & Dedications CD


1. Cantaloupe Island
2. Ooh, What You Do to Me
3. Simone’s Dance
4. Samba de Michelle
5. Kierra
6. Douglas
7. Brandyn
8. Our Son
9. Song for Monique
10. Jazzon
11. Bonnie Rose
12. Aloysius
13. Jean-Pierre

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8-panel Digipak Album

“Al Foster doesn’t use INSPIRATIONS & DEDICATIONS to solidify his position as one of jazz’s legendary drummers. He doesn’t have to. Instead, he utilizes the album to pay homage to his history within the genre. His friends, his family, and his colleagues all receive treatment, and now more than ever, it becomes apparent how great the breadth of his footprint has been.”
— Peter Hoetjes, All About Jazz

“The 76-year-old drummer is an esteemed master and a consummate sideman. From Sonny Rollins to Joe Henderson, Foster has rubbed shoulders with jazz royalty. While these new tunes have blossomed from experiences with family and friends, the music’s pleasures avail themselves regardless of whether listeners know the characters being referenced.”
— Jim Macnie, Downbeat


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 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 the album 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.”

released June 28, 2019

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

Recorded Live on January 28, 2019
at Sear Sound Studio A, NYC

Produced by Paul Stache and Damon Smith
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Christopher Allen
Studio Assistant: Owen Mulholland
Photography: John Abbott
Liner Notes: David R. Adler
Design: Damon Smith and Eric Beatty

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

Jeremy Pelt appears courtesy of High Note Records

Al Foster endorses Yamaha drums and Zildjian sticks and cymbals

Al gives special thanks to Bonnie Rose; Jazzon Dayne Foster;
Natalie Persad; Lisa and Kumar Persad; and Paul Stache

Weight 0.33 lbs