The Shreveport, Louisiana., native has contributed his considerable talents as a drummer for projects with Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett and Bill Frisell. He can also be heard on recordings of Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Emmy Lou Harris and Seal. And he's a member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet for nine years and running.
On April 21, 2009, he releases a recording that is a departure from those associations. Mama Rosa (Verve) is a collection of personal and reflective songs Blade has written over the years in his solitary time.
AAJ is providing extensive coverage to celebrate the release of Mama Rosa, including:
- R.J. DeLuke's deep and insightful interview with Blade, Brian Blade: Songs From His Heart;
- John Kelman's review of Mama Rosa;
- A complete downloadable track from Mama Rosa as today's AAJ Daily Download, the poignant "Mercy Angel";
- A video of Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band performing "Crooked Creek," today's AAJ Daily Video.