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Henry II 04-10-2006 11:57 PM

Brian Blade
 
I've been listening to Joshua Redman's "Elastic" album with Brian Blade on drums. What an amazing musician BB is. IMHO, he is the heir to the great improvisational, musical drummers of the past. You never hear any chops wasted in his playing, only pure musical expression. There aren't many musicians, much less drummers, out there today playing like that.

theduke86 04-11-2006 03:06 AM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Brian Blade is an undoubtedly amazing drummer. He can play a lot of styles extremely well. Check out the album "Directions in Music" with Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock and Roy Hargrove. He plays great. Another really really good one is Gratitude by Chris Potter. He plays his butt off. Incredibly responsive and dynamic.

Henry II 04-12-2006 09:12 PM

Re: Brian Blade
 
I guess Brian Blade doesn't score high enough on the Drumometer to get much attention around here.

KR3 04-12-2006 10:16 PM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Are you talking about BB of Night Ranger?

aahznightsky 04-12-2006 10:44 PM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Blade is pretty much my favorite jazz drummer. Great feel, great musical phrasing and taste ... that's what does it for me!

OZjazzer 04-12-2006 10:47 PM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Henry II
I've been listening to Joshua Redman's "Elastic" album with Brian Blade on drums. What an amazing musician BB is. IMHO, he is the heir to the great improvisational, musical drummers of the past. You never hear any chops wasted in his playing, only pure musical expression. There aren't many musicians, much less drummers, out there today playing like that.

Spot on Henry. Blade is certainly one of best of the newer jazz drummers out there. What I like is he accompanies and doesn't dominate. As you say that's a rare quality in drummers these days. There are some videos of him here as well.

Loved the Drumometer line, wish I had thought of it.

mattsmith 04-12-2006 10:53 PM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by OZjazzer
Loved the Drumometer line, wish I had thought of it.

Now just when we were startin' to get along (lol).

Naw seriously, I think if Blade got too fast it would take the gate out of that New Orleans second line and that wouldn't be too good a thing.

Henry II 04-13-2006 07:51 AM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by KR3
Are you talking about BB of Night Ranger?

Never heard of Night Ranger! I'm talking about this BB:

http://www.drummerworld.com/Videos/b...aderedman.html
http://www.drummerworld.com/Videos/brianblade.html

bigbeatbenny 04-13-2006 06:49 PM

Re: Brian Blade
 
What really gets me about Brian is the way he plays with so much color. His playing is always tasteful colorful and creative.

Ive heard that elastic band albulm and its great.

Henry II 04-15-2006 12:33 AM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Well, that's 6 BB aficionados so far. That's pretty good but I expected a few more.

jonescrusher 04-15-2006 01:47 AM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Saw Brian in Basingstoke (!) playing with Josh Redman a few years back, blew my head off, and made me realise just what it takes to drum jazz. Awesome player, nice guy too, saw him after the show.

mattsmith 04-15-2006 05:14 AM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jonescrusher
Saw Brian in Basingstoke (!) playing with Josh Redman a few years back, blew my head off, and made me realise just what it takes to drum jazz. Awesome player, nice guy too, saw him after the show.

IMO, He was the best musician in the Redman band, including Redman.

jonescrusher 04-15-2006 02:29 PM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mattsmith
IMO, He was the best musician in the Redman band, including Redman.

Yeh, I'd agree, Redman's style did start to tire after so many albums.

The Groove Factor 04-17-2006 03:44 AM

Re: Brian Blade
 
I saw Brian with Wayne Shorter a week ago At massey Hall in Toronto.He knocked the house out.These are the kind of chops you don't here very often.He plays his own musical way.Just beautiful.One of my favorite players.
To here him is great , to actually see him is something Henry , that you will really love.This guy , Brian Blade with John Patitucci is such a spiritual awakening.

danielheier 04-21-2006 12:35 AM

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Brian Blade is the master. He definately has his own sound. I really dig his stuff with Joshua Redman. Definately one of the best modern jazz drummers alive, well one of the best jazz drummers ever!!

aahznightsky 04-21-2006 12:41 AM

Re: Brian Blade
 
SO what really gets me ... is it Brady or Brian Blade? I've seen a bunch of ads in magazines and online that have said both!

bigbeatbenny 04-21-2006 06:10 AM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Brian and Blady Blade are two different people I believe.

IN those ads brady blade is advertised as playing for "Dave Mathews and Friends" while Brian Blade is obviously better known for his jazz drumming.

Henry II 04-26-2006 06:28 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by aahznightsky
SO what really gets me ... is it Brady or Brian Blade? I've seen a bunch of ads in magazines and online that have said both!

Brady Blade is Brian Blade's brother. Not sure if he's older or younger but they look very much alike.

disco68 08-07-2006 08:42 PM

Brian Blade
 
Last night I witnessed a truly spectacular live show by Daniel Lanois with Brian Blade on Drums at Summerfest 2006 in Deep River, Ontario Canada. The show was an incredible experience. I knew we were in for something special when the drums were set up at the front of the stage and not in the back as we usually see. The drumming was nothing I had ever seen, his passion for playing was obvious. I found myself spending more time watching his movements and sequences more than actually watching Daniel Lanois. If you ever have the opportunity to see Brian Blade live,GO FOR IT........you will not be disappointed!

Dr. Jones 08-09-2006 02:39 AM

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Oh man Brian Blade... what a monster. His playing on elastic is crazy, but I like him even more on Chris Potter's Gratitude. Also, not only is he an amazing drummer, he's an amazing composer/writer as well. Check out the two Brian Blade Fellowship albums: awsome rich, modal stuff. A definite must listen!

Dill X 08-10-2006 01:28 AM

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I love Brian Blade's playing.

His work on Joshua Redmans's "Elastic" and "Momentum" are amazing. You can instantly recognize his sound.

His solo project ("Fellowship") also sounds amazing. He's one of my favourite jazz drummers and one of my overall all-time favourites in general.

the gayge 08-10-2006 05:49 AM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Dill, you mentioned his "fellowhip" group. Have you heard the 'Perceptual' full length? It was recommended to me a few weeks ago and it totally blew me away. I had really been that exposed to Mr. Blade's playing, but its absolutely spectacular on this record. It's not too drum heavy at all, its just really expertly composed and performed music. Great find.

SqueakySpeedKing 08-14-2006 03:40 PM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by KR3
Are you talking about BB of Night Ranger?

You mean Jack Blades, tha bassist vocalist. Played with Ringo for a while

SqueakySpeedKing 08-14-2006 03:44 PM

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Brian is in my opinion the most versatile drummer today. Just check out how many heavyweights he has been called to play with. He's been around for at least ten years albeit under the radar until recently. I have seen him play a number of times and each time I was floored on the amount of humanity and reverence for music he displays. I met him one and he was a very kind and humble person. His drums sound is so good too. Dig that old, cracked Avedis 24" with the bolts in it!

hitsthingswithsticks 08-24-2006 09:00 AM

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Brian Blade is without a doubt one the the greats. I've seen him twice and he always leaves me truely inspired. He is one of those players that is a Musician first drummer second. Not that the guy doesn't have great chops, but he is one of the most musical drummers I have ever heard.

CBlanton 10-25-2006 04:31 PM

Brian Blade=Ultimate Badass
 
If any of you have not heard of Brian Blade, I suggest you go pick up The Wayne Shorter Quartet's "Beyond the Sound Barrier". I picked up the album on a whim because i heard that Brian Blade was good (not to mention Wayne Shorter isnt so bad himself). This album contains some of the best dynamic playing that i have ever heard. GO PICK IT UP!!!

Tama Player 10-28-2006 02:41 PM

Re: Brian Blade=Ultimate Badass
 
It may be the best that u ever heard, but maybe not us. Neil peart has awesome dynamics and so does Tony willaims and Buddy Rich. But if in your opinion its the best, I will not agree or disaggree. : )

jonescrusher 10-28-2006 03:16 PM

Re: Brian Blade=Ultimate Badass
 
Tama Player, you obviously don't know who Brian Blade is then?! A Neil Peart comparison is totally inappropriate.

CBlanton, I totally agree, Blade is an absolute monster. Well worth checking out live.

murphinelli 11-02-2006 08:21 PM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Brian Blade is my favorite drummer today. If you can't get your groove on with this, you have issues:

Joshua Redman Elastic Band - Jazz Crimes

http://youtube.com/watch?v=1ICJUFOJa2g

sshu 11-03-2006 02:39 AM

Re: Brian Blade
 
I love Brian Blade's playing as well. The Elastic and Momentum albums with Joshua Redman ar great. I'm trying to decide what other ones to get. I find that to really appreciate Brian's playing I have to listen with headphones. The subtleties and dynamics he uses are just awesome.

Steve

murphinelli 11-03-2006 02:58 AM

Re: Brian Blade
 
I hear you. Very subtle. I love Momentum. I heard a cut from it on Pandora first and he sounded familiar. Sounded similar to Marcus Baylor - Yellowjackets in his hi-hat phrasing. Marcus is another very subtle drummer. What he plays sounds simple, but when you listen close, it's quite complex.

Blade was just here in town with John Patitucci to kick off his new album "Line By Line." Unfortunately, I couldn't make it...:-(

sshu 11-03-2006 03:03 AM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by murphinelli
I hear you. Very subtle. I love Momentum. I heard a cut from it on Pandora first and he sounded familiar. Sounded similar to Marcus Baylor - Yellowjackets in his hi-hat phrasing. Marcus is another very subtle drummer. What he plays sounds simple, but when you listen close, it's quite complex.

Blade was just here in town with John Patitucci to kick off his new album "Line By Line." Unfortunately, I couldn't make it...:-(

I didn't know about the new album. I will have to check it out. Thanks!

Steve

ledzeppelins666 11-05-2006 04:37 AM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Really good jazz drummer. I love the sound of his drums. Canopus last time I checked. Didn't he play with Dave Matthews for a while? I think he did, and sounded pretty awesome with Dave.

murphinelli 11-08-2006 09:39 PM

Re: Brian Blade
 
John Patitucci's "Line By Line" is highly recommended. Just got it today.

stagecustom 11-13-2006 08:13 AM

Re: Brian Blade
 
just listened to his fellowship album, one word... AwEsOmE... yeah he is a great drummer nuff said

the gayge 11-15-2006 08:53 PM

Re: Brian Blade
 
The opening track Kenny Garrett's Beyond the Wall...good lord. Thats like the deepest swing I've heard in forever. Brian and Mulgrew Miller sit so far back on that track. The whole record is great, but those first two songs are brilliant.

Jookbox 11-15-2006 09:07 PM

Re: Brian Blade
 
i saw him with joshua redman at the knitting factory years ago. been a huge fan ever since.
http://vidsearch.myspace.com/index.c...oid=1215507214

antoinejazz 03-21-2007 05:21 PM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Yeah Brian is one of my drumheroe.
Of course, Beyond the wall is very interesting, I like the second track! Plus, I'm saxophoneplayer too! I like Pharoah Sanders a lot!
But his project with Wolfang Mutschpiel is very great too ( they play standards)

Keep Swingin'
Antoine

murphinelli 04-23-2007 09:22 PM

Re: Brian Blade
 
yo yo, bb fans,

go get yourself a copy of kenny werner's lawn chair society
excellent album! featuring some excellent, moving compositions and excellent bb playing. my new favorite kenny werner album.

btw, hoping to go see joshua redman, brian blade, and christian mcbride in a couple weeks. talk about an all-star trio!

-murph

mind_drummer 04-23-2007 10:13 PM

Re: Brian Blade
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Henry II (Post 125680)
Brady Blade is Brian Blade's brother. Not sure if he's older or younger but they look very much alike.


Brady is the older brother, born in 1965 while is younger brother Brian was born in 1970.


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