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MP3 Music, April 21, 2009
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However, on Mama Rosa Brian makes his debut as a singer/song writer. Singing and playing guitar (as well as drums) he has created tunes which are beautifully crafted. While it didn't hit me on first listen, the music and melodies do creep up on you, particularly after a number of listens. The feel is low key and mellow, I guess you'd call it Folk/pop music. It's quite a departure from the searching spiritual drive and extended solos of the Fellowship Band, but there is still the echo of their magic as Blade's band mates help make up the Mama Rosa backing band. Also lending a hand is Daniel Lanois on lead guitar who plays a number of great solos. Although not producing the album, the overall sound somewhat bears the influence of Lanois' distict atmospheric style. The songs tell stories of Brian's life and family in an intimate, personal way, and being the son of a Pastor the lyrics contain many allusions to a strong Christian upbringing. While some may find these elements reason to condemn the album, I would congratulate Brian on his heart felt sincerity, a quality which pervades the music.
I am not sure how this album will be greeted by Brian's jazz fans but hopefully he'll be reaching a different if not wider audience. For me it's great start for Brian Blade as a singer-songwriter and shows us another dimension to this brilliant musician!
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I've heard this guy in NYC. His music is very special. What more could I say? Just listen to it.Published on October 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Really heartfelt songs from the master drummer. It is evidence of his underlying musicality that he can just convert to a completely different style (country/folk/pop) and really... Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by Leo McCulloch