17 March 2008
AL FOSTER - MIXED ROOTS
Al Foster for Laurie Records from 1977.
Al Foster:Drums,Piano;Masabumi Kikuchi:Piano,Organ;Teo Macero:Piano;T.M.Stevens:Bass;Jeff Berlin:Bass;Ron McClure:Bass;Mike Brecker:Sax Solos;Paul Metze:Guitar;Bob Mintzer:Sax;Sam Morrison:Sax;Jim Clouse:Flute,Sax.
Produced By Teo Macero.
There's a rear cover scan in the d/load to identify personel by track or look here.
Paid a tenner for this in London last week on the back of a comment left on the Hollow Out post by dka and what did I get? A nice piece of funky fusion with some abrasive choppy guitar and aggressive riffing from the ensemble.I guess the nearest comparison might be some of the material recorded on PM records mixed with some obvious later stage Miles Davis ensemble influences.However,"Dark Magus"it aint!
Kikuchi,Foster and Morrison had previously played with Davis and this session was cut with Macero on production duties prior to the aborted 78 Davis comeback session featuring Larry Coryell and T.M.Stevens (More about this here).
Guts of Darkness reviewed the album but with my schoolboy french I can only surmise they didn't think a lot of it.However,it's an interesting document of the times and there's a few stonking good cuts on it including Foster's "Double Stuff","Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde", Kikuchi's "El Cielo Verde" ,and Macero's closing "Soft Distant".
Hey,what the hell I enjoyed it all anyway-see what you think!And thanks to dka whoever you are!
Ripped from the original vinyl @320-reissued in Japan with different cover art (it sure needed it) in 1998 but now long deleted.