UPDATE! Seattle-based pianist and composer Tony Foster has released a new trio recording in June of 2016. The recording is entitled Project Paradiso: Tony Foster Plays Ennio Morricone and Henry Mancini and features Foster's arranging of 9 Morricone and Mancini compositions along with one of his own originals entitled Mr. Mancini. This project is an exploration of the music of great film composers and no better place than to start with 2 iconic composers Ennio Morricone and Henry Mancini! The recording features Canadian drummer Joe Poole and Seattle bassist Nate Parker. Some well-known classics like Theme From The Pink Panther and Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso are on the recording, but so are some less- known but powerful melodies which Foster artfully arranged for his trio!
May 2009 marked the release of jazz pianist and composer Tony Foster's debut trio recording entitled In Between Moods. The album charted in the top 50 for jazz radio in North America and was named to many radio DJ's top 10 albums of 2009 lists in addition to receiving many outstanding reviews. The recording features Joe Poole on drums and Russell Botten on bass. The album showcases Foster's composing and arranging skills as well as tracks paying tribute to some of Foster's key influences including Oscar Peterson and Ahmad Jamal. In April and May 2009 Foster completed a series of performances in Torino Italy and Nice France, followed by a return to Vancouver for featured shows with his trio at the June 2009 Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Prior to his debut CD release, Foster has been featured with his own trio on CBC’s (Canadian Broadcast Corporation) nationally broadcast JAZZBEAT as well as the CBC program Hot Air produced by Neil Ritchie. Foster performs and tours frequently with his trio, as a solo pianist, as a sideman for many instrumentalists and vocalists, and sometimes at the Hammond B-3 organ.
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One thing I appreciate about Tony Foster's playing, is its
very fresh phrasing..he kind of strikes sparks from the
piano with really inspired use of time that not many players
seem to come by so easily.
Katie Malloch, CBC Radio
Project Paradiso: A tribute to Morricone and Mancini, this is not to be confused with
the Mancini project of many years ago that found him moving in this direction. A
jazz piano date with a set card loaded with can’t miss material, Foster steps up to
the plate and acquits his vision throughout. Not hokey, lounge piano Mancini, this
cat opens your ears to joys you might not be finding on your play lists and drives
the point home by finishing off with a dandy “Pink Panther” version