June 18, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
We have reached maximum capacity at the Vanguard tonight. Both sets are
sold out, as is most of the week. Enjoy the show.
9:00 First up is Ruby Lou's Lullabye. Named for Brian's niece.
9:11 Kurt Rosenwinkel just blistered the front row with his solo on "Return
of the Prodigal Son."
9:17 I really love this song. Both Kurt Rosenwinkel and Melvin Butler solo
9:20 "Stoner Hill" is a section of Shreveport, LA. Brian Blade's hometown.
9:23 The title song from Season of Changes, the new recording from Brian
Blade and the Fellowship Band.
9:29 An epic, varied song. Could have easily been called "Seasons of Change."
9:36 This song has really whipped the crowd into a frenzy.
9:38 I love the combination of bass clarinet and harmonium. Beautiful.
9:42 Song called "Alpha and Omega." Brian is definitely from the church.
9:46 After a lovely intro from Rosenwinkel, we're motorboating with
"Evinrude Fifty," from Perceptual. Their last record (2000).
10:00 I think this is the last song. And it's never heard before. Until now!
Called King's Highway. In Shreveport. Not Brooklyn...
© 2008 WBGO
June 17, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Drummer and composer Brian Blade brings the Fellowship Band to the Village
Vanguard this week. We are presenting them live on WBGO and NPR Music,
tomorrow night at 9pm. Don't miss this.
It's never an easy interview when your guest is a quiet, introspective person.
But Brian and I share a passion for music made intently and intensely. I
suppose that's why I love listening to The Fellowship Band. Especially when
they play at the Village Vanguard.
Anyway, listen to Brian Blade talk about music. My favorite story? One night,
just before midnight, Brian biked through the French Quarter in New Orleans.
He absolutely had to buy a Blind Willie Johnson record before the store closed.
So Brian gets home, plays the music, and cannot go to bed. The bare sound
of Johnson and his guitar was haunting. One of many stories you'll find when
you listen to the interview here.
© 2008 WBGO