Al Foster releases new album, ‘Inspirations & Dedications’

    The legendary drummer pays tribute to his family and collaborators.

    Al Foster in 2014
    Image: Oeyvind Toft / Al Foster official website

    Al Foster has released Inspirations & Dedications, a new album that also doubles as a moving tribute to his family and creative collaborators.

    The 13-track record is bookended by two classics by Herbie Hancock (“Cantaloupe Island”) and Miles Davis (“Jean-Pierre”), whom Foster has worked with in the course of his long career. The tracklist also features songs named for Foster’s four daughters—“Simone’s Dance,” “Kierra,” “Samba de Michelle” and “Song for Monique”—and his son Brandyn, who died in 2017.

    “I’m getting up there in age,” the 76-year old drummer said in a statement. “My musical life has been unbelievable, and I love my family. I just wanted to leave them something to enjoy with my songs.”

    Stream Inspirations & Dedications here: