May 28, 20179:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Gem Theater Stage
Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band
Landmarks, the fourth recording by Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, marks their return to Blue Note Records, Brian chose to record seven of the ten compositions in his hometown of Shreveport.
As on each prior Fellowship Band release, Blade and pianist Jon Cowherd refract these impressions into their own musical poetry, with an ear to the individualistic styles of Myron Walden (alto saxophone, bass clarinet), Melvin Butler (soprano and tenor saxophone) and Chris Thomas (bass). For the recording of Landmarks, Marvin Sewell and Jeff Parker are on guitars. Excepting the guitarists, The Fellowship Band has remained a unit since their eponymous 1998 debut and its 2000 followup, Perceptual, both on Blue Note. You can hear it in the cohesion and exploratory spirit of their collective and individual interpretations, orchestrated and propelled by the leader’s inthemoment beats and textures.