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Brian Blade: Brian Blade Fellowship

When word came out that drummer Brian Blade was about to record as a leader, the anticipation was for something divergent. Given his uniquely slashing drum style and uncanny skills with the cymbals, his quiet, thoughtful countenance, and his capacious resume-including Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett and forthcoming Wayne Shorter, to Joni Mitchell, Daniel Lanois and Bob Dylan-Blade has developed into an unusual member of his 20-something generation of jazz musicians. What has resulted is a sumptuous impressionistic recording conveyed by a band he aptly dubs a Fellowship.

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