Known in the jazz world for his slick and superlative drumming skills, Brian Blade is engaged in making other musical statements these days. Statements that are outside the jazz genre, but are an essential part of this enlightened man and serious musician whose musical tastes run between Bela Bartok and Wayne Shorter
to Al Green
," who, he adds, all intermingle for him.
The Shreveport, Louisiana., native has contributed his considerable talents as a drummer for projects with Joshua Redman
, Kenny Garrett
and Bill Frisell
. He can also be heard on recordings of Joni Mitchell
, Bob Dylan
, Emmy Lou Harris and Seal. And he's a member of the Wayne Shorter
for nine years and running.
On April 21, 2009, he releases a recording that is a departure from those associations. Mama Rosa (Verve) is a collection of personal and reflective songs Blade has written over the years in his solitary time.
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