All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Brian Blade

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.

“For some time now, these songs have existed in the solitude of my room, and I got a lot of joy and satisfaction from just knowing that they existed,” Blade says. “But at a certain point I questioned whether it was fear or selfishness that kept me quiet. Facing the music and the mirror, I began to ask if this was the end of the process? What does God expect of me? Maybe someone else might find some inspiration in the songs.”

Read more
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Extended Analysis
Live Reviews
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Extended Analysis
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
”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

138 Photos Slideshow

Date Detail Price
Feb18Mon
19:30
Scott Colley, Joshua Redman, Brian Blade, Ron...
Barbican Centre
London, UK

Discography

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band: Body and Shadow

Brian Blade & The...

Blue Note Records
2017

buy
Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band: Landmarks

Brian Blade & The...

Blue Note Records
2014

buy
Mama Rosa

Mama Rosa

Verve Music Group
2009

buy
Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band: Season Of Changes

Brian Blade & The...

Verve Music Group
2008

buy
Perceptual

Perceptual

Blue Note Records
2000

buy

Videos

Similar