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Hanssler Classics is known more for its classical recordings than its occasional jazz releases, but when they feature a visiting American jazz all-star with the SWR Big Band, they make one wonder why they don't do more jazz. Frank Foster is their special guest, leading the band through a series of his charts and a few by another Count Basie alum, the late Thad Jones, though many of these compositions deserve to be more widely known. The band swings while sounding a bit more modern than Basie's recordings of these charts, which should come as no surprise as the original recordings were made decades earlier by a very different lineup. Foster remains a formidable soloist, particularly in Jones' "Mean What You Say," though there are a number of fine soloists with the band, including tenor saxophonists Andi Maile and Peter Weniger, trombonist Ian Cumming, trumpeter/flügelhornist Don Rader, flügelhornist Karl Farrent, and pianist Klaus Wagenleiter, to name a few.


Born: 23 September 1928 in Cincinnati, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

A very talented tenor saxophonist and arranger, Frank Foster was associated with the Count Basie Orchestra off and on from 1953 to 1995. Early on, he played in Detroit with many talented local players and, after a period in the Army (1951-1953), he joined Basie's big band. Well featured on tenor during his Basie years (1953-1964), Foster also contributed plenty of arrangements and such originals as "Down for the Count," "Blues Backstage," and the standard "Shiny Stockings." In the latter half of...
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Fresh Taste of Thad Jones and Frank Foster (A), Frank Foster
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 1996

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