July 17, 1992 |
"Woodwind doubler?" An unusual, colorful bird painted by John James Audubon, or perhaps a long lost character out of Dickens novel? Nope. The two words describe a musician who plays a variety of woodwind instruments in film, television and recording studios. One such artist is Gary Foster, who brings his jazz quintet to the Hyatt Newporter tonight.
July 20, 1992 |
Ah, the pleasures of jazz on a warm summer evening. Saxophonist Gary Foster's program at the Hyatt Newporter Friday night had all the right elements--a first-rate jazz quintet, an attractive selection of tunes, and a gorgeous hillside location, cooled by an ocean breeze and highlighted by the setting sun. Foster made the most of the opportunity. Tall, sturdy-looking, beginning to gray around the edges, the 56-year-old veteran played with precise articulateness.
February 19, 1991 |
Central Park West, the Brentwood bar and grill where good sounds are on tap Thursday through Sundays, confines its presentations to duos and trios. How much can be accomplished within these limitations was well defined Sunday when pianist Alan Broadbent appeared with alto saxophonist Gary Foster. Clearly this instrumentation could have benefited from the addition of a bass player, yet the two men seemed remarkably self-sufficient.
February 6, 1995 |
They should name a river after Gary Foster. The alto saxophonist who played at the Kikuya Restaurant on Saturday as the guest of guitarist Doug MacDonald's trio has a natural, flowing style that's as wide and compelling as the Mississippi itself. Which isn't to say that Foster plays riverboat Dixieland. He trades mainly in be-bop, bringing a free-floating improvisational style that reflects the influence of the Lennie Tristano school.
August 23, 1993 |
The art of the jazz improviser is much like that of the storyteller. Both seek to keep the listener engaged with a developing plot, colorful descriptions and unexpected twists, all presented with just the right amount of flair and drama. In one sense, the musical improviser has a more difficult task, since he must imply meaning with sound, rather than relate it directly with words.
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January 28, 2012 |
Clare Fischer, a Grammy-winning pianist, composer and arranger who crossed freely from jazz to Latin and pop music, working with such names as Dizzy Gillespie, George Shearing and Natalie Cole as well as Paul McCartney, Prince and Michael Jackson, has died. He was 83. Fischer died Thursday at Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank of complications from a heart attack he had two weeks ago, said family spokeswoman Claris Dodge. Although he entered professional music through jazz, his expansive creative perspective quickly grew to embrace many other musical areas.