Special Guest: (Audio)Brian Blade (Part 1 of 1): is easily one of the best drummers on the music scene today. Born and raised in Shreveport Louisiana, Brian Blade’s style is smooth, fluid, and versatile. He has worked as a session drummer with the biggest names in the music industry – people like Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell, and Daniel Lanois. Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band came out with their first S/T album in 1998 and since then have brought out stellar album after stellar album! In fact, the Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band are set to release their fourth and newest album “Landmarks” put out on Mid-City Records in cooperation with Bluenote and I am truly excited to have Brian Blade on the show.
Brian Blade, At what stage do you see your career in?
Questions in the podcast:
GTV - Now if I am not mistaken the album is loosely based on people – places and events in and around Shreveport Louisiana. In fact seven of the ten songs on the album were recorded in Shreveport at your brother’s studio – can you tell me a little bit about Blade studios and why you chose to record there?
GTV - The title track “Landmarks” is one of my favorites on the album – it really has a potential to become a jazz standard in my opinion and was written by the co-producer and Piano player John Cowherd – can you talk about that song?
GTV - Shreveport and it has been described as an inland port city with New Orleans as the main port I guess – Does Shreveport share any similarities or is there any cross pollination?
GTV - I thought I might pick out some musical Landscapes and get your opinion on them.
I was reading that the notorious Fannin Street is in your home town! Fannin Street was a Red light district (at around the turn of the last century) where Blues legend Huddie William Ledbetter (lead belly), was said to have learned his trade? What is that area like today and are there any remnants of that place left?