Brian Blade Fellowship | Brian Blade Fellowship – [Blue Note Records, 2008]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 listen’s 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. —Kenneth James
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