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.
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