Alex Foster
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Alex Foster

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
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"Alex Foster Uses Creativity to Explore the Realms Of Jazz"

"Great jazz soloist Alex Foster is a jack of all trades. A long standing member of the Saturday Night Live house band, saxophonist, and former member of some considerable legendary bands,Alex Foster has no problem of being both a player and composer on his original album "Alex Foster's Condition."

The track "Wait A Minute" has a fast rhythmic tone that results in a fiery yet precise and mesmerizing style that will bring you back to the days of swing dancing. The alto and soprano become sultry instruments and recite seducing beat poetry in "Litha's Song." The songs stimulating and timeless guitar solo can be credited to Coastas Baltazanis while Michael Wolff provides the ravishing piano solo.

With help of an above than average talented ensemble "Condition" is full of energy, life, passion, and honesty that Alex Foster has come to be known for. Not sticking to a formula, the album takes stride in exploring the vast frontier of jazz music and combining nontraditional sounds. Alex Foster makes a bold statement that he is going to do things his way." -

"Live: Paul Shaffer And Others Pay Tribute To Gil Evans At Highline Ballroom"

"Although Shaffer stayed out of the way for much of the evening, he gave Hendrix's "Little Wing" the appropriate minute detail with a toy glockenspiel while his Letterman show sideman Will Lee sang and trumpeter Lew Soloff got off a torrential solo, alternating long tones and sputters. On any other bandstand that might have been hard to top, but then the next piece, "Teen Town," did just that; Alex Foster's extended soprano solo unleashed a funky breakdown that brought the house down."- K. Williams - The Village Voice

"Alex Foster's Healing Sax"

"I am romantic about music," Alex Foster, star saxophonist, claims. "I've been given the saxophone to express music the best way I can and also to be the best musician I can possibly be. Music can heal and soothe the soul in an instant." Truer words have not been spoken. Music is a healing tool, and you might as well call Alex Foster a doctor because his smooth saxophone dominates. He can expertly switch from a slow, sultry song to a fast paced, super solo with ease.

Alex Foster's song "Wait a Minute!" is a fun, jazzy song with little saxophone trills that jump out at you. The sax goes along great with the fast drums and guitar. "Litha's Song" is a slower jazz piece with a beautiful piano bit that lays a smooth cover for Foster's saxophone. "Harlem West" is a much sultrier song than the rest, but an excellent bit of jazz music. The song sways back and forth, dipping in and out as it leads the listener along with masterful skill. What makes jazz so wonderful is that it has such up beat, and fun tones that make you want to move. Jazz has a lovely expressiveness about it that allows musicians to really feel the flow of the music and play along within that flow. This is something that takes years to achieve, and it is why jazz musicians are so impressive. Alex Foster is no different." -Dylan Gallagher - BandBlurb

"Alex Foster's Condition"

"A longtime stalwart of the Saturday Night Live house band and former member of Jack DeJohnette’s Directions and Jaco Pastorius’ Word of Mouth big band and sextet, saxophonist Alex Foster stretches considerably as player-composer on his first leader project in 15 years. “Litha’s Song” is a soothing bossa that features some of his most lyrical playing on both alto and soprano, along with a tasty wah-inflected solo by guitarist Costas Baltazanis and a beautifully flowing piano solo from Michael Wolff. Another high point for Foster is the Trane-inspired “Fathers and Sons,” where he digs deep on tenor and wails on soprano. Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts powers the dynamic “Suite 1,” a piece that evokes Jaco’s “Havona,” and is turned loose on the hard-charging “Wait a Minute!” Foster’s “3 Cursion” bounces along on James Genus’ bubbling “Black Market” bassline, and Wolff’s delicate “Tone Poem” and “Goodbye Too Late” showcase his intimate duo chemistry with Foster, who plays soprano."- Bill Milkowski - JazzTimes

"Gil Evans Centennial Celebration"

"Alex Foster contributed a wailing soprano sax solo on this raucous Jaco anthem from Heavy Weather, which was underscored by drummer Kenwood Dennard’s insistent backbeat."- Bill Milkowski - JazzTimes

"Jack DeJohnette on "Alex Foster's Condition"..."

Alex Foster's Condition is an organic recording delivering a full spectrum of high quality original music from Alex and his bandmates! The interplay between Alex and the group is really a pleasure to listen to. I have listened to this recording many times and am confident that Alex Foster's Condition is in excellent shape!- Jack DeJohnette - Drummer and Bandleader


Selected Discography:

Alex Foster
Beginnings... Goodbye (1991)
Pool of Dreams (1995)
Alex Foster's Condition (2011)

Don Sebesky
Three Works for Jazz Soloists and Symphony Orchestra (1979)
Gil Evans
Sting & Gil Evans - Live at Perugia Jazz Festival (1987)
The Gil Evans Orchestra: A Tribute to Gil (1993)
Jack DeJohnette
Cosmic Chicken (1975)
Untitled (1976)
New Rags (1977)
Jaco Pastorius
Word of Mouth (1981)
Invitation (1983)
Twins (1982)
Live in New York City (1991)
John Scofield
That’s What I Say: John Scofield Plays Ray Charles (2005)
McCoy Tyner
Inner Voices (1977)
Mike Mainieri
Steps Ahead- Collection: Step by Step (1980)
Miles Davis
Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux (1991)
Mingus Big Band
Epitaph (1990)
Me, Myself, an Eye (1979)
Paul Simon
Graceland (1986)
Pete Levin
Party in the Basement (1991)
Rubén Rada
Montevideo (1996)
Teo Macero
Impressions of Charles Mingus (1983)
Tom Harrell
Time’s Mirror (1999)
Victor Bailey
Bottom’s Up (1989)

Movie Credits:
Soundtrack for “The Tic Code” featuring Gregory Hines and Polly Draper
Soundtrack for “Mo’ Better/Betta Blues” (Spike Lee Film)



A musical heavyweight, saxophonist Alex Foster has been a part of many of the world’s most influential sounds to date. Best known in recent years for his work as the alto saxophonist in the house band of Saturday Night Live, he has also shared the stage with numerous world-class performers in varying genres. Currently a New York City resident, his accolades are not restricted to his location. For the past 10 years, Alex was a resident of Greece and has also toured extensively throughout Europe and Asia. Besides being a member of the Saturday Night Live house band, he is also the musical director of the Mingus Big Band, Orchestra and Dynasty and is currently completing his latest album featuring all original compositions.
In the jazz scene, he has been heard on recordings and has performed alongside the likes of Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, Clark Terry, Jack DeJohnette, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Nat and Cannonball Adderley, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Gil Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Charles Mingus, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones, Hank Jones, Tito Puente, Michael Brecker, Duke Ellington, Carla Bley, Ron Carter, and more. In contrast, in the pop rock music scene he has also recorded and/or performed with Aretha Franklin, Dr. John, Paul Simon, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Aerosmith, Eddie Van Halen, Diana Ross and many others. His versatility as an artist is not only present in the jazz and pop rock music scene, but is also prominent in the classical realm as well, performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oakland Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony and the National Symphony.
Speaking about his earliest influences, Alex states that he has drawn the most from Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, Henry Mancini, Wynton Kelly and Bill Evans.
Alex's unique voice can best be heard on his upcoming album, “Alex Foster’s Condition,” in which he is playing tenor, soprano, and alto saxophone. Accompanying him are musicians Michael Wolff on piano, Costas Baltazanis on guitar, James Genus on bass, and Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums. The music on his new record can best be described as passionate, energetic and melodic. As well as being music for the heart, this new record is welcoming to the ears. Utilizing sounds such as the electric guitar, there is a special voice to his and his bandmates compositions. Each composition made by Alex has been touched by every experience in his lifetime, and is the result of a deep and sincere self-searching. It is the most honest reflection of his lifetime experiences. It cannot be described as a typical "jazz" record, nor can it be described as "jazz" at all. In fact, it might even border on the edge of alternative rock at time. Either way, it touches people of all ages. It is something new, fresh, and different in the world of instrumental music today- and most importantly filled with a burning passion. “Alex Foster’s Condition” is representative of his current desire to express his music in its most honest, uninhibited way.