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Al Foster (born January 18, 1944 in Richmond, Virginia) is a jazz drummer "...for what I wanted in a drummer, Al Foster had all of it." - Miles Davis

The master drummer has been a major innovator in the world of jazz for several decades. As a member of the Miles Davis band from 1972 to 1985, Foster's contribution to Davis' music is articulated by Davis himself in his 1989 autobiography, Miles: The Autobiography, where Davis describes the first time he heard Foster play live in 1972 at the Cellar Club on 95th Street in Manhattan: '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. AI could set it up for everybody else to play off and just keep the groove going forever." Its noteworthy that Foster played with Miles' large funk fusion group in the 70s, was one of the few people to have contact with Miles during his retirement, and was also part of his in the 80s. He was the only musician to play in Miles' band for both periods. More...
 
Miles Davis on Al Foster:
"I replaced Jack DeJohnette on the drums with Al Foster who I first heard at the cellar club on 95th street Manhattan. He knocked me out 'cause he had such a groove, and he would just clay 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 keep the groove going forever, for what I wanted in a drummer - Al Foster had it all."

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