Widely regarded as one of the best jazz drummers in the world, Brian Blade brings a wealth of diverse chops to his singular style. Brian is the son of a singing preacher, an accomplished guitarist and singer-songwriter, and a 15-year member of legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s quartet. He has also recorded and toured with Daniel Lanois, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.
These milestones of Blade’s life and career – and those of his bandmates – inspired the title and music of “Landmarks,”the fourth album from Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band. Propelled by Blade’s instinctive beats and textures, the songs mix elements of jazz, blues, folk, gospel and country with delicious tension and harmony. It’s a journey less about instrumental virtuosity – though there’s plenty on-hand to appreciate – and more of place, emotion and mood. The players – Jon Cowherd (keyboards), Chris Thomas (bass), Melvin Butler (soprano and tenor sax), Myron Walden (alto sax), and Blade (drums) – are writers and storytellers here.
From the dreamlike meander of “Down River” to the chorale “Shenandoah” to the epic build of “Ark. La.Tex.,” these introspective melodies almost beg a solitary ear. They roll like pages in a photo album, growing sharper and richer with each listen.
Brian Blade was our Spring 2015 featured artist and we have sold out of our seasonal supply of his CD, but you can purchase direct from his label. For more info, click here.