Brian Blade

Born: July 25, 1970    Primary Instrument: Drums

Brian Blade

”I remember when I first read the words hanging in a frame on my grandma Rosa's wall. The serenity prayer was something I couldn't understand until almost thirty years later, but now after experiencing some peaks and valleys of life, those words ring in my ears with clarity.”

Brian Blade has set those words to music for his first recording as a singer, guitarist and songwriter: Mama Rosa is a revealing journey through thirteen songs about family, loved ones, travels and a sense that these things that shape and inspire us have to be shared with others to complete a circle. He has been writing and recording material with words for as long as he's been making music. In fact, Mama Rosa grew naturally from the four-track home demos that he's recorded over the years and several of the original performances from those tapes can be heard on this album. Initially, Blade felt that these songs would never be heard by anyone else, but after encouragement from longtime friend Daniel Lanois, these home recordings became the cornerstones for the album. There is an initial spark close to the moment of inspiration and that intimate vibe is felt throughout Mama Rosa....
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2008 Modern Drummer readers poll award for best contemporary jazz drummer
”This is music that has heart, melody, and sophisticated and well-intentioned lyric poetry, and these songs are concerned with what it means to try and live alone and with others in the light each day...” ALL MUSIC GUIDE
As a Leader

Brian Blade Fellowship (Blue Note Records, 1998)
Perceptual (Blue Note Records, 2000)
Season of Changes (Verve, 2008)

As a Sideman

David Binney/Edward Simon, Océanos (Criss Cross Jazz 2007)

Bob James Trio, Straight Up (Warner 1996)

Kiyoshi Kitagawa Trio, Live at Tsutenkaku (Atelier Sawano 2006) (DVD)

Wolfgang Muthspiel, Friendly Travelers (Material Records 2006)
Wolfgang Muthspiel, Friendly Travelers Live (Material Records 2007) (CD & DVD)

Joshua Redman Quartet, Spirit of The Moment, Live at The Village Vanguard (Warner 1995)
Joshua Redman, Freedom in The Groove (Warner 1996)

John Patitucci, Songs, Stories & Spirituals (Concord 2003)

Chris Potter, Gratitude (Verve 2001)

Wayne Shorter, Alegría (Verve 2003)

SF JAZZ Collective, The Inaugural Season Live 2004 (SF JAZZ Records 2004)

Warner Jams Vol. 1 (Warner 1995)

Kenny Werner, Democracy, Live at the Blue Note (Half Note Records 2006)
Kenny Werner, Lawn Chair Society (Blue Note 2007)

Yaya3, Yaya3 (Loma Records 2002)

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