Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Jazz/Jazzrock/Fusion | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 161 / 6-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 9/10 | Label: Blue Note | Autor: WK

Brian Blade covers a wide spectrum. He drums for Wayne Shorter and Wolfgang Muthspiel, but also for Joni Mitchell, Daniel Lanois and Bob Dylan. Blade is perhaps the gentlest drummer in jazz history to combine the virtues of Paul Motian and Jack DeJohnette. He brings all these qualities to his band Fellowship. With pianist, bassist, two guitarists and two saxophones, the son of a priest sets up a choir that unobtrusively mediates between gospel, country, jazz and ambient. The pieces on the fourth Fellowship album are precisely formulated sound panoramas that trigger entire chains of associations. The narrative power of Fellowship is stirring, Blade's charisma strong enough to prove its presence even when no drums are heard. Blade writes his pieces on the guitar, which you can hear in his compositions. A wonderful sound epic.

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