I love Brian Blade as a drummer, but I love him even more as a perfect example of a musician who floats between multiple styles without sacrificing either the integrity of the style or his own signature sound within the style. So I wrote a post about that a few years ago.
But today’s From The Archives post isn’t done yet. If you’re a Blade fan like I am then you should revisit this comprehensive irockjazz.com post about him (complete with bio and selected Youtube footage) as well as this allaboutjazz.com article about Blade’s singer/songwriter release from 2009. Then, if you’re really dedicated, check out this Ottawa Citizen article about the Fellowship Band and this interview with Blade about the inspiration and influence that he’s taken from Joni Mitchell.
Well done, Brian.