Saxophones ∙ Composer
Foster himself is a bright, imaginative soloist who exploits his instrument’s grainy, fruity charms perfectly, and his choice of material is impeccable. If you like your jazz warm, tasteful and elegant, without grandstanding [...] this is for you.
This is the fourth CD from Mick Foster, a master of the baritone saxophone with an obvious debt to Gerry Mulligan [...] His rich baritone sound and positive refined playing come over superbly on this very well recorded disc which features a popular selection of well loved melodic tunes.Mick Foster deserves every success with this very enjoyable production, therapy for overworked ears.
Foster’s sound is warmer than some, occasionally Mulliganesque, his solos marked by fluency and the kind of pleasing ideas that imbue Ashworth’s contributions too […] it’s Foster who carries the day, focussed yet relaxed, the entire album a low-key delight.
His crafted and deeply melodic improvisational skills are applied, on this album, to a weathered selection of what may be truly called ‘great tunes’ all of which come up as fresh as a spring morning.
Baritone saxophonist Mick Foster contributed the first solo of the evening, a beautifully melodic and soulful construction delivered with a rounded sound that would have had Ellington’s baritone cornerstone Harry Carney nodding with approval.
Mick Foster’s bass saxophone was both punchy with impeccable timing and free flowing when required during his solos, particularly on the funky and frenetic She Knew Him.