Brian Blade Fellowship: Perceptual
With a few lyrics here and there and a guest appearance by Joni Mitchell, the program features original compositions by members of the ensemble. Frequent meter changes suit their purpose, as impressions of boyhood memories, social issues, and related emotions take center stage. Rosenwinkel's guitar breathes fire on "Evinrude-Fifty" and "Crooked Creek." Both saxophonists and the pedal steel guitar offer crucial impressions, particularly on "Crooked Creek." Highly recommended, Fellowship's second Blue Note album reflects upon contemporary social issues through its distinctive, contemporary, modern jazz sound.
Track Listing: Perceptual; Evinrude-Fifty (Trembling); Reconciliation; Crooked Creek; Patron Saint of Girls; The Sunday Boys (Improvisation); Variations of a Bloodline: From the Same Blood, Fellowship (Like Brothers), Mustangs (Class of 1988); Steadfast; Trembling.
Personnel: Brian Blade- drums, acoustic guitar on "Steadfast," vocal and acoustic guitar on "Trembling;" Jon Cowherd- piano, Fender Rhodes, pump organ; Christopher Thomas- acoustic bass; Melvin Butler- tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Myron Walden- alto saxophone, bass clarinet; Dave Easley- pedal steel guitar; Kurt Rosenwinkel- electric and acoustic guitars.
Guests:Daniel Lanois- guitar on "Steadfast," pedal steel guitar on "Trembling;" Joni Mitchell- vocal on "Steadfast."
Record Label: Blue Note Records