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Leaving their mark on jazz

Music Review: Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band, ‘Landmarks’

May 1, 2014
By DERON JOHNSON - Sun-Gazette Correspondent , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

"Landmarks" is the fourth album from Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band, a jazz collective led by renowned drummer and composer Brian Blade. Blade is one of the most active drummers on the planet, playing with a host of artists and groups including Joni Mitchell, Joshua Redman and jazz giant Wayne Shorter. Despite his busy schedule, the Fellowship Band has been together for 16 years now, a rarity in a jazz scene currently dominated by virtuosic frontmen with rotating accompanists. Filling out the band are pianist and additional composer Jon Cowherd, saxophonists Myron Walden and Melvin Butler, and bassist Chris Thomas. Absent from this particular recording is longtime guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, whose place has been filled by Marvin Sewell on a few tracks and Jeff Parker on others.



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