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Brian Blade: Fellowship - More Than Just a Word

Read "Brian Blade: Fellowship - More Than Just a Word" reviewed by John Kelman

In the 21st century, few drummers have managed Brian Blade's kind of crossover success. Beyond playing in saxophonist Wayne Shorter's quartet for nearly 15 years, beyond being a first-call drummer for producer/singer/songwriter Daniel Lanois--whether it's for his own projects like Black Dub or working with everyone from Bob Dylan to EmmyLou Harris--and beyond also being on-call ...

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, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Professor Porkchop and the Dishes: U R My Everything

Read "U R My Everything" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Chris McCaa, A.K.A. Professor Porkchop, has a voice that is the lovechild of Randy Newman and John Hiatt, seasoned with Tabasco and gin. His piano channels Professor Longhair, Mac Rebennack and Antoine Domino, while his B-3 chops are from the acid depths of Vieux Carre by way of New Iberia. His writing and arranging are a ...