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Brian Blade (K. Hill)

Brian Blade

Landmarks, the fourth recording by Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, marks their return to Blue Note Records, released in cooperation with the Shreveport, Louisiana based label, MidCity Records. Brian chose to record seven of the ten compositions in his hometown of Shreveport at Blade Studios which was opened in 2011 by Brian's older brother, the drummer and producer Brady Blade, Jr. Shreveport is an inland port city situated 40 miles south of Arkansas, 20 miles east of Texas, and 100 miles north of the Gulf Coast and its location makes it a sonic catchment basin for various Afro-diasporic strains—gospel, R&B, the blues as such and various iterations of jazz—and vernacular folk idioms that developed indigenously in the surrounding territories.   As on each prior Fellowship Band release, Blade and pianist Jon Cowherd refract these impressions into their own musical poetry, with an ear to the individualistic styles of Myron Walden (alto saxophone, bass clarinet), Melvin Butler (soprano and tenor saxophone) and Chris Thomas (bass). For the recording of Landmarks, Marvin Sewell and Jeff Parker are on guitars.

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Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band 5/11/14: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band

Drummer and bandleader Brian Blade brings his group, The Fellowship Band, to perform selections from their just-released recording, Landmarks (Blue Note). Blade, a Blue Note Records artist and Louisiana native, is joined by pianist Jon Cowherd, saxophonist Myron Walden, saxophonist Melvin Butler, and bassist Chris Thomas. Part of Blue Note at 75.

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band

Drummer and bandleader Brian Blade brings his group, The Fellowship Band, to perform selections from their just-released recording, Landmarks (Blue Note). Blade, a Blue Note Records artist and Louisiana native, is joined by pianist Jon Cowherd, saxophonist Myron Walden, saxophonist Melvin Butler, and bassist Chris Thomas. Part of Blue Note at 75.

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