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Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band: Body and Shadow

Read "Body and Shadow" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017. Body and Shadow is only their fifth album: they have not recorded prolifically, but each one has been worth the wait. The group occupies a unique space: the sound of Americana (chiefly folk music) is dominant, but played with a jazz sensibility. Despite the ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Mark F. Turner's Best of 2014

Read "Mark F. Turner's Best of 2014" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Typically, when music is labeled it gets thrown into a box that limits its artistic scope. But the four letter word “jazz" in today's environment obliterates typical categorization as found in these diverse releases.

Ambrose Akinmusire
The imagined savior is far easier to paint
(Blue Note)

Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band: Landmarks

Read "Landmarks" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Drummer Brian Blade is a rhythmic force of nature that moves with both fire and finesse. He's contributed to numerous recordings and performances around the globe most notably as a member of the esteemed Wayne Shorter Quartet for over 10 years. Yet at the heart of Blade's own music lies a storyteller delivering tales of poignant ...

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band: Landmarks

Read "Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band: Landmarks" reviewed by John Kelman

Four records in 16 years may not be prolific, but clearly Brian Blade and his longstanding Fellowship Band aren't about quantity. While a seemingly scant two years separated the drummer's leader debut (and inspiration for the group name), Fellowship (Blue Note, 1998) from its even more impressive follow-up, Perceptual (Blue Note, 2002), the group's next record, ...

NEWS: TV / FILM

Icons Among Us Four Part Series Released for Educators and Institutions

Icons Among Us Four Part Series Released for Educators and Institutions

"ICONS AMONG US explores Jazz in a way that leaves the audience with a better understanding of its history and an appreciation of the contemporary complexity of the genre. The film expands upon the foundation set by Ken Burns' JAZZ to add nuance and insight into the music and culture of today."

    ~Kevin ...

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band: Season Of Changes

Read "Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band: Season Of Changes" reviewed by John Kelman

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band
Season Of Changes
Verve Music Group
2008

It's been eight years since drummer Brian Blade released the outstanding Perceptual (Blue Note, 2000), his last release with his Fellowship band. While much has changed, from the first notes of Season Of Changes' opener, the potent, mid-tempo ...