al foster

He (Foster) knocked me out because he had such a groove and he would just lay it right in there. That was the kind of thing I was looking for. Al could set it up for everybody else to play off and just keep the groove going forever.
— Miles Davis

Aloysius Foster was born in Richmond Virginia on January 18, 1943. His family moved to New York when he was a child, so as a boy growing up in Harlem he had the opportunity to hear many great shows at the Apollo theatre.

Thus began a journey that has included recordings and performances with virtually all the jazz greats of the period from 1964 until the present; most notably with Blue Mitchell, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, Cannonball Adderly, Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, and Joe Henderson. He joined Miles Davis in 1973.
Although self taught and unable to read music, Al composes at the piano. He plays his pieces in tempo, putting a groove on it, and is very specific about voice leading and melodic phrasing. Over the past 14 years Al’s band has performed more than 1000 dates at Festivals and in clubs all over the world.