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MO FOSTER & FRIENDS IN CONCERT

MO FOSTER & FRIENDS IN CONCERT

London, January 2021: One of the music industry's most prestigious bass guitarists, also a renowned producer, composer and author, Mo Foster, has announced the release of a new album with his new band, which is set to become a must-have jazz classic. 'Mo Foster & Friends In Concert' is released on March 21st by Right Track/Universal.

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The Band
The Band
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Mo Foster and Ray Russell
Mo Foster and Ray Russell
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David Stark and Mo Foster
David Stark and Mo Foster
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Once managed by Ronnie Scott, Foster is the legendary bass-guitarist who has recorded and toured over the past 50 years with many of the world's biggest musical icons, from Jeff Beck, Gerry Rafferty, Frida of ABBA, and George Martin, right through to Phil Collins, Gil Evans, Brian May and the London Symphony Orchestra. Now, this prolific player steps into the limelight with his new band, as he releases his sixth album. A treat for jazz fans worldwide, it's a stunning collection of musical pieces that Foster has fallen in love with across his career.

Mo Foster's melodic spirit has been firmly woven within the rich, vibrant tapestry of our global music scene for over half a century, as his beguiling charm makes him an integral 'first-choice' musician for the world's biggest stars. 2021 now sees him stepping up as front man as 'Mo Foster & Friends in Concert' takes us on a glorious musical journey for jazz connoisseurs and newcomers alike. A delicious, tempting spread of music that Foster simply needed us to experience again, through his own lush and powerful jazz interpretations.

Every track on the album comes with its own personal story of first-hand Foster-experiences. The quirky humour-ladened 'Chickens' takes us back to 1969, when Foster was supporting the Gary Burton Quartet at Ronnie Scott's. Smitten by the piece, he vowed to record the track himself one-day. Lockdown hit in 2020, so Foster recorded 'Chickens' with his musicians spread across four counties. Steve Swallow, who wrote the original track, thought it was the best version he'd ever heard, 'Thanks a million. .made my day,'' he said.

The enthralling 'Django', a melody that has haunted Foster since the '60s, was written by John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet in homage to his longstanding friendship with Django Reinhardt. 'Gone' is Foster's reinterpretation of the Gil Evans piece, which originally featured on the landmark Miles Davis/Gil Evans album 'Porgy And Bess'. Foster became enchanted by this challenging work whilst playing with the Gil Evans British Orchestra in the 1980s. 'Three Views Of A Secret' is a perfect composition - now a standard - by visionary bassist Jaco Pastorius, and a longtime favourite.

The band comprises of a sparkling line-up including Ray Russell on guitar, Jim Watson on keyboards, Chris Biscoe on saxes, Nic France on drums, Corrina Silvester on percussion, and Foster on bass guitar. In addition, fiddle-player Chris Haigh guests on a couple of tracks, while the band's formation was almost by chance. Foster had temporarily pulled a bunch of musicians together to play at 'The Fetch' album launch party for friend Linda Hoyle, who'd been the vocalist in Affinity, Foster's jazz/rock band many years before. But, two weeks before the event, Foster learnt that Linda was too ill to perform, leaving him with a dilemma,

"I've always been a side man, playing for artists such as Jeff Beck and Phil Collins, and suddenly, I'm the front man, staging an event, and I couldn't fail. I needed to find a solution," explains Foster. He then kicked into emergency over-drive, and following a mad writing session, he created a collection of tracks that didn't need a vocalist. The Mo Foster sound was born - a definitive ground-breaking jazz vibe that made the music the star. Incidentally, SongLink editor David Stark was also present at that first Pizza Express gig, as Mo Foster is a good friend and neighbour of his.

A maverick decision forced Foster to present the band with tracks they'd never seen until that night, with no rehearsal - and it was magnificent. A second live evening followed, when Foster knew these musicians were too good to let go, so Mo Foster & Friends was born. Playing the music of the great jazz composers, the band has gone from strength to strength, culminating in a successful gig at Ronnie Scott's club at the end of 2019. Pulling out the glittering jazz-jewels from that evening, the seeds of the new album were born. Once Foster truly believed that he could be the front man, the outstanding new album was conceived. The 16-track album also features three tracks recorded from that first night: 'Freedom Jazz Dance', 'So Far Away' and 'Three Views of A Secret'.

Advance reviews are already in from various aficionados:

"A rare night of great music - lovely vibe, immaculate sound - the music connects very directly". - Malcolm Edmonstone, Professor at the Guildhall School of Music

"What a great band Mo." - Terry Rawlings, film editor on Blade Runner, Alien etc

"Beautiful textures and dynamics. Your playing puts the rest of us to shame as usual." - Joel McIver, Editor, Bass Guitar Magazine

"This session legend, and one-time Jeff Beck cohort, has thumbed his golden address book to assemble a sextet of undoubted virtuosity." - Andy Rawll, Record Collector magazine

"Hearing this was a beautiful reminder of those heady wonderful days. Good feel, orchestration, ensemble sound, lovely...wow!" - Mike Gibbs, Composer

Mo Foster website:
http://www.mofoster.com/

On YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbQY5exHTMIDw5NysCbqrfg

On Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/56SfcHN8IsJp1Aj1RkGWBg

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