After he left Count Basie in 1964 and before he joined Elvin Jones at the end of the decade, Frank Foster spent several productive years freelancing. His 11 years with Basie had honed his tenor saxophone playing and his arranging abilities to the point where he was one of the best in both categories. Foster's expandable band called The Loud Minority was much in evidence in New York. Sometimes it included the musicians who joined him on Soul Outing! In this album, he accommodated the 1960s gospel trend in jazz with "Show the Good Side." He wrote one piece in a Latin vein, another in the funk tradition and adapted two songs from the Broadway musical Golden Boy. In a tight little band graced by his muscular tenor, Foster brought this variety of material together in a nicely integrated collection that shows off his versatility as an arranger and expressiveness as a soloist.
with Virgil Jones, Pat Rebillot, Billy Butler, Bob Cunningham, Richard Davis, Alan Dawson