Frank Foster - Leo Rising (1997) [Post-Bop]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

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Frank Foster - Leo Rising (1997) [Post-Bop]; FLAC (tracks+.cue)

Unread postby Mike1985 » 24 Jun 2020, 14:24

Artist: Frank Foster
Album: Leo Rising
Genre: Post-Bop
Label: Arabesque Jazz
Released: 1997
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
  1. You're Only as Old as You Look (Foster) - 8:07
  2. Simone (Foster) - 12:14
  3. Gray Thursday (Foster) - 7:18
  4. Cidade Alto (Foster) - 3:30
  5. Leo Rising (Foster) - 8:06
  6. When April Comes Again (Schaefer-Weston) - 5:29
  7. Last Night When We Were Young (Harburg-Arlen) - 11:19
  8. Derricksterity (Foster) - 6:32


  • Frank Foster - tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
  • Stephen Scott - piano
  • Christian McBride - bass
  • Lewis Nash - drums
  • Derrick Gardner - trumpet (#5,8)

Frank Foster, who in 1995 willingly gave up leadership of the Count Basie Orchestra after nine years of traveling the world (and playing "Jumpin' at the Woodside" and his own "Shiny Stockings" on a nightly basis), is heard here at the top of his form. Whether swinging on his blues "You're Only as Old as You Look," showing off the influence of John Coltrane during some modal material, playing some intense soprano on the title track, or jamming on rhythm changes with guest trumpeter Derrick Gardner during "Derricksterity," Foster (67 at the time) makes every note count. The all-star rhythm section sounds quite inspired by the veteran tenor's ideas and enthusiasm (Scott and McBride have many excellent short solos), while trumpeter Gardner contributes a pair of fiery statements. This is one of Frank Foster's finest small-group dates and is highly recommended.
Review by Scott Yanow

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