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Mo Foster - March 2004


Mo Foster
Biography: In the mid 1960's I studied physics and maths at the University of Sussex, U.K. During this period I played both drums and bass in a wide variety of different bands. Once I graduated, a short spell as a laboratory research assistant convinced me that a career in music was preferable, and along with other ex-university pals, I formed a progressive jazz/rock group called "Affinity" which was managed by the late Ronnie Scott (the eponymous founder of the legendary jazz club in London's Soho). Since then, I've established myself as a top session musician, record producer, composer, author, and solo artist.

In 1975 I founded the first-ever bass course at Goldsmiths College, University of London. I continue to give occasional seminars at various music colleges in the U.K. I have also contributed regular columns to the U.K. magazines Guitarist, Bassist, Making Music, and Total Production. I now concentrate on producing albums for others, composing music, writing books, and am currently devoting most of my energies into researching and remastering my back catalogue not only for my solo projects but also for artists such as Affinity, Maggie Bell, Mike d'Abo, Linda Hoyle, Survivors, RMS, Ray Russell, and The R.J.Wagsmith Band.

Gigs: As a sideman, I have toured the world or played concerts with Jeff Beck, Phil Collins, Joan Armatrading, Gil Evans, Mike d'Abo, Van Morrison, RMS, Eric Clapton, Sting, Maggie Bell, Dusty Springfield, The Manfreds, George Martin, Hank Marvin, Cliff Richard, Veronique Sanson, and The London Symphony Orchestra.

Recordings: As a studio session musician working at various studios in the U.K., USA, Canada, Caribbean, France, Italy, and Japan, I have played on over 350 albums and many singles by artists as varied as Phil Collins, Jeff Beck, Gerry Rafferty, Ringo Starr, Frida (of ABBA), Gil Evans, Gary Moore, Cher, Scott Walker, Tanita Tikaram, Mort Schuman, Peter Green, Nanci Griffith, Rod Argent, Jose Carreras, Elkie Brooks, Ray Russell, Michael Schenker, Olivia Newton-John, Neil Innes, Colin Blunstone, Howard Jones, Roger Glover, Judy Tzuke, Russ Ballard, Nigel Kennedy, Sheena Easton, Meatloaf, Andrew Lloyd-Webber & Tim Rice, Luka Bloom, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and The London Symphony Orchestra.

Apart from my solo albums (Bel Assis, Southern Reunion, and Time To Think, the latter for which I formed my own label - Primrose Hill Records), I have produced or co-produced albums for Deborah Bonham (The Old Hyde), Dr. John (Such A Night), Maggie Bell (Live At The Rainbow), Affinity (Live Instrumentals, 1971-72, and Origins 1965-67), Survivors (Survivors), Maria Muldaur (Live In London), Adrian Legg (Fretmelt), RMS (Centennial Park), RMS with Gil Evans (Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival 1983 DVD), and The R.J.Wagsmith Band (Make Tea Not War).

In addition, I have composed and produced hundreds of titles for the major U.K. Production Music Libraries, co-wrote with Ray Russell the instrumental "So Far Away" for Gary Moore, co-wrote with Mike Walling the comedy hit single "Chalk Dust" for The Brat, co-wrote with Kim Goody the song "Sentimental Again" which reached the final in the Song for Europe Contest in 1990, and co-wrote with Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, and Kim Goody the main song "In My Car" from Ringo's album Old Wave.

My film sessions include For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, Revenge Of The Pink Panther, Clockwise, Heaven's Prisoner, Lost And Found, Billy The Kid And The Green Baize Vampire, and Silver Dream Racer while those for TV include Minder, Bergerac, Grafters, Stay Lucky, Dangerfield, The Last Salute, and Peak Practice.

Gear:
Dallas Tuxedo
Gibson EBO
Gibson EBS-1250 Twin-Neck
Fender Jazz 4-String
Fender Precision 4-String
Kramer 650B 4-String
Alembic Omega 4-String
Fender Bass VI
Overwater Progress 5-String
Moon MBC Fretless 5-String
I use RotoSound strings and SWR amps

Contact Information: For more information, visit my web site at MoFoster.com.