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Old 08-15-2006, 01:52 AM
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I agree it's nice to see Al Foster getting some recognition.....

I was reading an old MD article from the mod-80s the other day................In Foster's feature interview he was so modest -- what a down to earth guy!!!...... He kept praising Tony Williams and Steve Gadd, saying that he wasn't in their league............He also talked about how he was always trying to find HIS sound and do something unique on the drums. It was a really interesting article (unlike some MD interviews, which usually give a brief bio of the player, followed by a couple of decent questions, then a few pages about gear).

At that time, Foster said he wanted to play straight ahead stuff and didn't care if he played fusion any more... It was interesting just to hear him talk candidly about his weaknesses too............ For instance, he noted that in terms of hand technique, he rarely practiced single stroke rolls (because he said he was always really slow!), instead mainly just doubles................

I'd have to say it hasn't hurt his playing!!!!
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