Brian Blade: If You See Lurah

Track

If You See Lurah

Artist

Brian Blade (drums)

CD

Fellowship (Blue Note)

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Musicians:

Brian Blade (drums),

Myron Walden (alto sax), Melvin Butler (tenor & soprano saxes), John Cowherd (piano, Wurlitzer), Jeff Parker (guitar), Dave Easley (pedal steel guitar), Daniel Lanois (mando guitar), Christopher Thomas (bass)

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Composed by Brian Blade

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Recorded: Oxnard, CA

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Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Besides being among the most in-demand drummers of the last ten years in both the jazz and pop fields, Brian Blade has formed a group that doesn't sound like most drummers' bands. In fact it doesn't sound like any other band, and there are reasons for this. First, Blade is at least as much a musical drummer as a rhythmic one. Second, he also plays the guitar and often composes on this instrument, which gives his songs a totally different harmonic tinge than those composed on the piano. Third, the lineup of his band, where guitars (among them the pedal steel) and reeds dominate, provides a thick and mellow sound unheard in jazz before the end of the 1990s. This track is an excellent example of how Blade's Fellowship blew a whiff of fresh air into jazz: gorgeous multi-instrumental voicings, frank melodies, long notes instead of breathless solos, and soft yet firm drumming to knit everything together.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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