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Drummer Brian Blade’s third album with the Fellowship band is a journey-themed mix of free-flowing epics, shorter through-composed pieces and atmospheric snippets – “Shenandoah” is a stately hymnal highlight.

It’s a lovely album that captures the sense of landscapes rolling by with rocking rhythms, sedate country flavours and the subtle textures of two saxophonists, Myron Walden and Melvin Butler.

John Cowherd’s distinctive, downbeat keyboards underpin the contemplative mood with sparse, minor-key voicings that he sustains even when the band stretch out on the blues-drenched “Farewell Bluebird”.

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band


(Blue Note)

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