Having established himself as an in-demand drummer in both jazz and rock circles by working with everyone from Wayne Shorter and Bill Frisell to Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, Brian Blade is also a strong leader in his own right — namely, with his Fellowship Band. From a self-titled Blue Note release in 1998 through later records such as Perceptual and Season of Changes, Fellowship albums have always straddled the rock and jazz worlds, especially on the Blade-penned cuts that reflect his understated drumming style, which can also be quite fierce at times. The Louisiana-born Blade has used these albums not only as vehicles to flex his versatile drum chops, but also to showcase some stunning original compositions. Joining Blade on these two dates will be pianist Jon Cowherd, saxophonists Myron Walden and Melvin Butler, and bassist Christopher Thomas. Visit backbeatblog.com for a full interview with Blade.
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