Brian Blade: Evinrude-Fifty (Trembling)
Brian Blade Fellowship
Perceptual (Blue Note 2435-23571-2)
David Easley (pedal steel guitar), Melvin Butler (tenor, soprano), Myron Walden (alto, bass clarinet), Christopher Thomas (bass).
Recorded: Avatar Studios, New York, September, 1999
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
Perhaps no jazz drummer has been more in demand throughout the last decade than Brian Blade. From Wayne Shorter to Emmylou Harris, Blade’s New Orleans upbringing (he studied with Johnny Vidacovich and Herlin Riley) has allowed him to seamlessly fit into diverse musical situations. The Fellowship’s 1999 sophomore release is first and foremost a jazz record, with outstanding performances from Blade, Cowherd, and newcomer Kurt Rosenwinkel. The addition of pedal steel and pump organ adds an appealing external influence that compliments Blade’s view of the Fellowship as an all-inclusive group that improvises around instrumental thematic material with political and social insinuations.
Reviewer: Eric Novod