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The Brian Blade Fellowship is one of the more intriguing bands working these days.
More colorist than groove-meister Blade is also a surprisingly engaging composer as well as a capable band leader. And only 29 years old. A remarkably subtle player, Blade reminds me a lot of Paul Motian, with a bit more of a rock back beat.
Like folks such as Pat Metheney and Bill Frisell Blade has taken an enthusiasm for American song forms, blues , country and pop, filtered them through an improvisers sensibility and come up with something very fresh and appealing.
There is a richness to the group's sound which has the power to astonish. The two saxophonists (both agile, muscular players) coupled with electric guitar and pedal steel (a brilliant addition) driven by a piano, bass and drums rhythm section provide a complex, varied sound. By turns earthy and rambunctious and then contemplative and ethereal the group's approach is both varied and astute.