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Brian Blade Fellowship
Brian Blade
Brian Blade Fellowship
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
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All Artists: Brian Blade
Title: Brian Blade Fellowship
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Original Release Date: 5/19/1998
Release Date: 5/19/1998
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724385941726, 0724385941757

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Thoughtful and Deep
Kenneth James Michael MacLean | Ann Arbor, MI USA | 07/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Brian Blade has put together a recording that communicates at a spiritual level.
For me, the highlight of the recording is Dave Easley's pedal steel guitar solo on 'Mohave'. It's astonishing, and one of the best solos I've ever heard. His passionate guitar is literally crying for joy.
John Cowherd's piano is thoughtful, melodic, and swinging when necessary.
Although there are many textures in this music, it all fits together beautifully. And the musicians all seem to be on the same page. It's one of those sessions that you can listen to a hundred times, and find something new every time. In other words, this is music that won't get stale!
Brian Blade's playing is sensitive, complex, and fiery, as are the compositions. Blade is one of the very best drummers to come along in quite a while.
This is music that hit me on a very deep level. It took 3 or 4 listenings before I could even understand it, but it was worth it. It's music that spoke to some very deep feelings within me, and every time I listen to it, I feel inspired.
This CD is beautiful, complex, and very interesting."
One of the Best Straight Ahead Albums in Years!
Kenneth James Michael MacLean | 02/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Now that the "young lion" movement is fizzling out, the real composers / players are emerging from the rubble. For anyone who's tired of the endless tribute albums and uninspired albums of standards, this album is a breath of fresh air for the jazz world. Mr. Blade has already proven himself as a drummer (he swings so hard, it hurts), but this album showcases his exceptional composing skills as well. The interaction between the players is beautiful. It's clearly evident that these guys were inspired by this session. Anyone who appreciates geniunely good music with integrity and heart & soul should add this to his / her collection immediately!!"
Fresh air!
John Kelman | 08/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"having been an admirer of brian's playing for some time now i was really interested to hear his record. the music on this recording is really a breath of fresh air, especially coming from somebody who may have been looked upon as a "young jazz lion". brian proves that real music comes from within' and staying true to one's roots. i heard he was offered a record deal five or six years ago, but waited until he thought he had written music that resonated with him. it would've been easy for him to put together a session of burning players and i'm sure it would've yeilded a good record. but, "fellowship" is a GREAT record and it's rare that a young musician is mindful enough to know what will make an okay record and what makes a true representation of their vision. i may be going overboard, but i don't think so. jazz has been turned into a commidity, a genre, an idiom, a bag so to speak. i sure hope blade keeps doing what he's doing and more people drop their labels and just embrace MUSIC. that's what "fellowship" is all about and you can hear it on the recording. thank you brian."