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by Al Foster

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    CD in 8-panel digipak featuring liner notes by Ted Panken and photography by Jimmy and Dena Katz. Also includes digital download of entire album.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Reflections via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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T.S. Monk 06:20
Open Plans 07:17
Anastasia 05:32
Six 08:21
Punjab 05:11
Beat 06:56
Alone and I 04:51
Half Nelson 05:36
Monk's Bossa 06:18


Approaching 80 years of age is occasion enough for anyone to take a moment and look back on a life well lived. For legendary drummer Al Foster, those eight decades have been more memorable than most, filled with exhilarating sounds and encounters with some of the music’s most iconic legends. On REFLECTIONS, Foster revisits the work of several of those peers alongside an inspiring quintet of all-stars: Nicholas Payton, Chris Potter, Kevin Hays, and Vicente Archer.

Throughout the session he propels this supremely talented unit through fresh, vital treatments of well-known and less-traveled numbers by iconic legends Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, and McCoy Tyner, all of whom regarded Foster as their first-call drummer for long portions of his celebrated career – at times competing for his services. Band members Payton, Potter, and Hays each contribute a tune apiece, while Foster penned three well-wrought songs, including two homages to Thelonious Monk that bookend the program.

It’s hard to overstate Foster’s contribution to the musical production of the aforementioned giants over his 60 years as a professional. But, as much as Foster likes to wax nostalgic about the past, it’s also evident on every note of this 68-minute gem that he’s fully committed to living in the moment and playing in the here and now. This follow-up to his well-received 2019 Smoke Sessions debut, INSPIRATIONS & DEDICATIONS, is Foster’s fifth leader recording and, as even the notoriously self-critical drummer surprisingly says, “It is my best record yet.”


released August 26, 2022

Nicholas Payton - trumpet
Chris Potter - tenor and soprano saxophone
Kevin Hays - piano and Fender Rhodes
Vicente Archer - bass
Al Foster - drums

Recorded on January 25, 2022
at Sear Sound Studio C, NYC

Produced by Paul Stache and Damon Smith
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Chris Allen
Assistant Engineer: Will Bennett
Photography: Jimmy and Dena Katz
Design: Damon Smith

Chris Potter records for Edition Records
Al Foster endorses Yamaha drums and Zildjian sticks and cymbals

Executive Producers: Paul Stache and Molly Johnson


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Al Foster New York, New York

Al Foster is a renowned, master drummer who has been a major innovator in bebop, jazz-rock, and funk for nearly 60 years. He was integral to Miles Davis’ bands in the 1970s to the ‘80s before collaborating extensively with Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, and Joe Henderson. His playing is understated and sensitive but passionate and powerful at the same time. ... more

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