Best known for his mainstream big band work, Frank Foster was associated with the Count Basie Orchestra off and on from 1953 to 1995. Early on, he played in Detroit with many talented local players an... Click To Read More About This Product
Best known for his mainstream big band work, Frank Foster was associated with the Count Basie Orchestra off and on from 1953 to 1995. Early on, he played in Detroit with many talented local players and, after a period in the Army (1951-1953), he joined Basie's big band. Well featured on tenor during his Basie years (1953-1964), Foster also contributed plenty of arrangements and such originals as "Down for the Count," "Blues Backstage," and the standard "Shiny Stockings." In the latter half of the 1960s, Foster was a freelance writer. In addition to playing with Elvin Jones (1970-1972) and occasionally with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, he led his Loud Minority big band. In 1983, Foster co-led a quintet with Frank Wess and he toured Europe with Jimmy Smith in 1985. Although influenced by John Coltrane in his playing, Foster was able to modify his style when he took over The Count Basie ghost band in 1986, revitalizing it and staying at the helm until 1995. Outside of his Basie dates, Foster led sessions for Vogue, Blue Note (1954 and 1968), Savoy, Argo, Prestige, Mainstream, Denon, Catalyst, Bee Hive, SteepleChase, Pablo, and Concord.
The Frank Foster Legends Series Mouthpiece is an exact reproduction of his original gold plated mouthpiece. Drake Mouthpieces has created this model through an innovative one piece casting method that is completely hand finished. This is unlike most production metal mouthpieces, which are CNC produced (made by machines). Although a very labor-intensive process, this was the only way to get the exact internal dimensions of Fosters original piece, and thus preserve the authentic experience for the performing artist. Each mouthpiece is finished in a deep rich 24 karat gold plating. As part of this unique process, pieces may have very subtle inclusions. This term refers to very small surface fluctuations that are sometimes visible but do not in any way affect the playability of the mouthpiece. These inclusions further contribute to the individuality of each piece.
Frank Foster Legends Series Mouthpiece are handmade in the USA by Drake and combine state of the art technology with hand finishing tradition to create a precision reproduction of each musicians original mouthpiece. Drake mouthpieces are revered for their accurate, immediate response and their incredible intonation stability and projection qualities.