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Brian Blade Fellowship: Perceptual

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Drummer Brian Blade has already distinguished himself in the company of jazzers Kenny Garrett, Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny, as well as pop stars Seal, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and Joni Mitchell. As a composer-bandleader, he unveiled a strong band concept with 1998’s Brian Blade Fellowship. This well-crafted follow-up is another bold step in that direction.

An ensemble project rather than a drummer’s showcase, Perceptual is in that Frisell-Metheny postmodern mode of highly personalized music that draws on elements outside jazz while not abandoning the cause of improvisation. Each tune takes the listener on an adventure, unfolding gradually and gracefully as Blade mirrors the shifting dynamic textures with his inimitable melodic touch on the kit.

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