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Old 05-02-2010, 01:21 AM
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Brian Blade to me is one of the greatest players of our time. So musical. His dynamics and ideas are incredible. The best example was the chick corea/john mclaughlin tour. I was the band with Vinnie Colaiuta which was like a drum clinic, and then I saw them with Brian Blade. Without taking anything away from V.C, BB took the music somewhere. Playing shapes, colors, and deep time. His technique doesn't match many of today's "popular" players, but yet I'd rather listen him any day.
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:28 AM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K060F...eature=related

this guy was only 21 in this video....absolutly amazing!
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:35 AM
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I'd not heard of Brian Blade before coming to this forum. Glad to be here because he's really special. His feel, sounds, choices and energy are always great. This is my fave of his so far: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNaQub7Gru0. Outstanding. His passion and intensity - while always making musical sense - blows me away.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:51 PM
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I love Brian Blade's approach. Polly if you like Brian's passion check out this guy Steve Hass. He's not as famous, but at school lot's of drummer's talk about him. Brian's new band Black Dub is pretty awesome. Female front person who plays double drums with Brian!
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:54 PM
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Drumbob, saw you in the Hass thread. Interesting point. That just goes to show you that when these super groups get put together, music is not the defining factor. Names are. These drummers Vinnie and Brian, will completely change the sound of the band. Obviously a consistent sound was not Chick's goal. If Vinnie was the first choice, then maybe they should have called Gary Novak to sub.
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:13 AM
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I have to say it again. Brian Blade: My all around favorite most musical drummer.
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:50 AM
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I was lucky to see Brian a lot when he played at Smalls on a lot of Wednesdays at Smalls in NYC with Sam Yahel or Larry Goldings..It was10 bucks for the whole night! Ah, the good old days! Someone mentioned Brian doesn't have the chops of some of the other drummers out there these days but I think he has more than a lot of them like say someone like Thomas Lang...Because the incredible dynamics, ears/listening/reacting/ super melodic/ musical playing that Brian does ARE HIS CHOPS! Those are the only chops I care about anymore...

No, disrespect to Lang, but I think it is harder to play the way Brian does than Lang...The creative musical stuff is harder than the athleticism aspect I feel..Not that the types of chops someone like Lang has are easy..Just my opinion based on my own experience in dealing with both "worlds" over the years....
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Old 06-08-2010, 04:43 PM
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I love Brian Blade's approach. Polly if you like Brian's passion check out this guy Steve Hass. He's not as famous, but at school lot's of drummer's talk about him. Brian's new band Black Dub is pretty awesome. Female front person who plays double drums with Brian!
April, I couldn't find any vids of Steve Hass with decent sound. Thanks for reminding me of the name of Brian's non-jazz band. I saw this vid a while ago and couldn't find it again http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO2vY1brMDU. The group is incredibly good ...
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Old 06-08-2010, 06:24 PM
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Poly, The Blue Note vids have ok sound for a low fi live recording. Pretty amazing stuff. There used to be more videos, but I heard Hass had them legally removed because he will be doing video lessons soon. I don't know if that's true or not. I heard of Black Dub by going to Hass' myspace. He has mentioned them. BTW his myspace has some beautiful tracks of him with Scofield, Ravi Coltrane and other artists. www.myspace.com/hassbeat.
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Old 06-08-2010, 06:31 PM
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Michael H, I agree with everything you said.
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Old 07-09-2010, 03:39 AM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wds6_...eature=related

never thought I would see him doing stuff like this, its great stuff though!
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Old 07-10-2010, 05:13 PM
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Nice find, FC. Thanks. It doesn't seem to matter what style he plays, his dynamics and colours are always fresh and exciting. Love BB.
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Old 07-10-2010, 05:28 PM
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It seems as though that album will be a great one, as long as they don't mees up the songs in the studio like they have already done with one of them
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Old 07-11-2010, 12:01 AM
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No Black Dub for sale? That was so enjoyable on my laptops speakers, I would love to hear it though my quadraphonic Blaupunkt!
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Old 07-11-2010, 04:09 AM
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I really liked the Black Dub tunes also.
I never saw Brian play that kind of music before.

I have really been studying Brian's playing lately.
I started checking out a lot of the stuff that he did with Redman.
I'm really beginning to get a lot of good feel for some of the things that Brian does.
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:34 PM
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Old 08-14-2010, 11:47 PM
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I really liked the Black Dub tunes also.
I never saw Brian play that kind of music before.

I have really been studying Brian's playing lately.
I started checking out a lot of the stuff that he did with Redman.
I'm really beginning to get a lot of good feel for some of the things that Brian does.
You and me both. I've been a fan since I first caught him at the Toronto Jazz Festival many moons ago. There was a lot of buzz about him that week. When I heard he was working with Daniel Lanois a few years back I simply had to check it out. He's so bloody musical, he just makes everything work. His own singing/guitar stuff is pretty cool, too.
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:03 PM
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this is great:
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:20 AM
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How do you spell it when you hear its someones name? Mine is spelled Brian, but when I give it to an order taker, 95 of the time they use y.
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Old 09-10-2010, 08:23 PM
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How do you spell it when you hear its someones name? Mine is spelled Brian, but when I give it to an order taker, 95 of the time they use y.
My name is Bryan, and the 6 brians i know spell they're name like that....

anyway, never knew he played with Seal, makes them both cooler!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrL9vAnU0es
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Old 09-10-2010, 11:54 PM
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I dont know if Id go as far to say ever. I dont really know of any real innovations Brian Blade brought to the drum-set in a jazz setting. DOnt get me wrong, hes an incredible player, but I just think ever is a very strong word to be using in reference.
I definitely agree with you, he is a fine drummer, but in a way he is a better musician than a drummer. When one says "one of the bests ever" it's certainly has to be directed to an innovator. I saw Brian Blade many times and I love the way he plays on Joshua Redman's Elastic. To me, a good twist to modern drumming can be found in guys like Greg Hutchinson and Bill Stewart, from the "new school". To my opinion the all-timer innovator in jazz drumming will always be Jack DeJohnette.

Here are some cool links to those three, check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQXj6inCork

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi5Cu...eature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlWj9npykOQ
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Old 09-24-2010, 12:30 PM
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Has anybody ever heard of Brian's brother Brady? He is also a drummer, but more in the pop/rock/country realm. As far as I know he lives in Stockholm, Sweden. What a beautiful city by the way!
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Old 10-17-2010, 07:44 PM
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I know that he doesnt teach, but has anyone seen him do a clinic? I would love to hear a solo of his not in the middle of a song. To see what he would do with it
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Old 11-20-2010, 06:02 AM
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Thought I'd let you guys know that the Black Dub album has been out a while, and it's fantastic. Search for the Black Dub videos on YouTube if you get a chance. I look forward to reading this thread and learning more about him. Have fun!
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:12 AM
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Just saw him at ACL yesterday with Black Dub. Absolutely amazing!
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:31 PM
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love his playing, his brother is also very good imo...different style completely however
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:13 PM
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I am a total nerd for Brian as well. I haven't heard anyone mention his albums with Ed Simon and John Patitucci, particularly "Poesia". This is definitely one of my favorite modern trio recordings. Check out the group playing together:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXSG-Jf-7WA
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:47 PM
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I'm a big fan of Brian Blade too, and I came across this today, a duet, guitar and drums, oh my, oh my... tense, crisp, on the edge, wow...absolutely wonderful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaeJY...eature=related
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:52 PM
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Check out his live work with Herbie Hancock, Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall - amazing! This guys has better chops than your local butcher!
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:53 PM
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Brian's unbelievable, saw him last year with Wayne Shorter's quartet and it was one of the best gigs I've seen. I had really cheap tickets in a big theatre, but a friend informed me after the support band played that a few people hadn't turned up for their front row seats, so I ended up getting to sit right at the front, center stage :) I posted this in another thread a while ago, but if anyone's interested in trying out a transcription for Jazz Crimes, it's here:

http://i1221.photobucket.com/albums/...JazzCrimes.jpg

and I made a backing track to play along with (full tempo and slowed down) here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M28PjGvyzw

There are some really cool chops there... but I never did manage to nail it!

I heard he played with his Fellowship band in New York last night, is there a tour on? There's nothing on his website
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:59 AM
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I'm a big fan of Brian Blade too, and I came across this today, a duet, guitar and drums, oh my, oh my... tense, crisp, on the edge, wow...absolutely wonderful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaeJY...eature=related
I have that live album, very cool stuff!

Someone once posted The Fellowship playing "Stoner Hill" on Youtube somewhere
on Drummerworld, that has been one of my favourite tunes for the last few day.
It wasn't in this thread though, I think.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:36 PM
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Brian Blade made me want to play again! Ten years ago I half gave up drumming. I never sold my drumkit, just wasn't so interested in playing anymore so they were stashed away in various places.

I agree with many posters here that seeing/hearing Blade live is quite an experience.

A few years ago I saw the Wayne Shorter Quartet in Barcelona in a fantastic, modern and very big auditorium. Had the best seat in the house.

Blade was on fire that night. Apparently the US ambassador to Spain was in attendance, he subsequently wrote about how moving the concert had been.

Shortly afterwards, I bought a new kit. Gretsch Catalina jazz.

It's difficult to explain Blade's style in words. It's not just drumming anymore, it's actually music. He plays so dynamically and with so much colour (to quote another post here).

I realize that I've bumped up an old thread, but I think Blade deserves it.

I think the reason that drummers like this aren't discussed often as some others is that you can't rationalise what their doing. It's not about bpm or how precise they are etc, etc.
What they do is simply beyond the sound barrier.

But to quote W. Shorter "Talkin' about it is not where it's at".

After all, if we could summarise this kind of music in words, then we wouldn't need the music itself.
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Brian Blade made me want to play again! Ten years ago I half gave up drumming. I never sold my drumkit, just wasn't so interested in playing anymore so they were stashed away in various places.

I agree with many posters here that seeing/hearing Blade live is quite an experience.

A few years ago I saw the Wayne Shorter Quartet in Barcelona in a fantastic, modern and very big auditorium. Had the best seat in the house.

Blade was on fire that night. Apparently the US ambassador to Spain was in attendance, he subsequently wrote about how moving the concert had been.

Shortly afterwards, I bought a new kit. Gretsch Catalina jazz.

It's difficult to explain Blade's style in words. It's not just drumming anymore, it's actually music. He plays so dynamically and with so much colour (to quote another post here).

I realize that I've bumped up an old thread, but I think Blade deserves it.

I think the reason that drummers like this aren't discussed often as some others is that you can't rationalise what their doing. It's not about bpm or how precise they are etc, etc.
What they do is simply beyond the sound barrier.

But to quote W. Shorter "Talkin' about it is not where it's at".

After all, if we could summarise this kind of music in words, then we wouldn't need the music itself.
Very well stated, Mike Stand.

What Brian brings to the music is difficult to articulate. I think that as musicians, it's easy for us to get caught up in thinking clinically, executing what we learned in the woodshed. Brian really throws that stuff all away. And when you watch other musicians just absolutely loving what he brings to the music, you realize that cats aren't concerned about some of the stuff we worry about as drummers. It's all about the music, living and breathing it, in the moment.
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Old 09-20-2013, 03:03 PM
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Very well stated, Mike Stand.

... it's easy for us to get caught up in thinking clinically... watch other musicians just absolutely loving what he brings to the music... It's all about the music, living and breathing it, in the moment.
Absolutely spot on! Sadly, hearing a great musician play can often be a bitter sweet experience, it can make you become discouraged, even depressed that you're not on the same level. But with Blade, I always feel uplifted, inspired, alive! Of course he's got great technique and uses it wonderfully, but it's just a means to an end, never the end itself.

That gig in Barcelona a few years ago was the last time I saw Blade (and Shorter) live.
Makes me all emotional just thinking about it.

Like Art Blakey said "Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life".

I haven't had a good wash in a long time.
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Just checked out Brian singing and playing guitar with "Mama Rosa".
This man is truly one of the greatest musicians of our time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIkHoGtlWeE


EDIT:Mama Rosa is a recording, not the band name :-)
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Everyone stop whatever it is that you're doing and go pick up the new Brian Blade Fellowship album.
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Man, I've been trying. Can't get a hold of it at any of the shops round here. Hafta order, I guess.
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