Body and Shadow
Drummer Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band return with searching compositions (by Blade and pianist Jon Cowherd) and virtuosity on the most expressive plane. An acoustic-jazz group at the core, Blade’s Fellowship is also part rock and folk band, even part chamber group. Cowherd’s harmonium, Myron Walden’s bass clarinet, Dave Devine’s gritty, ethereal guitar: These unorthodox sounds on the title track (in three parts) and the hymn “Have Thine Own Way, Lord” help vary the classic jazz sound of tenor and alto sax. Cathartic and grippingly melodic, Body and Shadow is a refreshing and essential item in Blade’s discography.