Frank Foster

I just read that Frank Foster died. To be honest, I didn’t know he was still in there kicking. I saw him once leading the Count Basie orchestra, back I believe in the early 90s. He’s most famous for having composed and arranged a number of tunes for the Basie orchestra in the 50s and 60s. I never had any great love of his work. In fact, I always felt that the 50s/60s Basie sound was a letdown compared to their sweet sweet recordings from the 30s and 40s (whereas the Ellington band, though there were a couple hiccoughs, is worth hearing in any incarnation). That said, Foster’s work is good – better than most. And it’s worth noting his passing if only to watch or rewatch this hilarious version of his tune for Basie “Blues in Hoss’ Flat.”

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  1. Pingback: Remembering Frank Foster « The Real Canadian Music Blog

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