A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Brian Blade
established himself as a versatile, accomplished drummer early in his career, appearing on albums by the likes of Joshua Redman
, Kenny Garrett
, and Bob Dylan
released his first album, Brian Blade Fellowship
, at the age of 27 in 1998 and followed two years later with Perceptual
, both on Blue Note. Always an in-demand sideman and collaborator, Blade
continued to find work with a varied bevy of artists, including Joni Mitchell
, Bill Frisell
, and Wayne Shorter
. Ten years after releasing his first album as the Brian Blade Fellowship
returned with Season of Changes
in 2008, this time on Verve. A year later he released the solo Americana, singer/songwriter effort Mama Rosa
for the label.
At the beginning of 2014, the BBF band re-signed with Blue Note in a cooperative deal with the Shreveport, Louisiana-based Mid-City Records. Their fourth album together, Landmarks, was issued in April of 2014. The quintet was augmented by guitarists Marvin Sewell and Jeff Parker.