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As a youngster growing up in Shreveport, then New Orleans, BRIAN BLADE distilled the unique drumming styles and musical heritage of the nation’s spiritual underbelly into a powerfully swinging percussive trademark. It was while playing with Delfeayo Marsalis that Blade met Joshua Redman and thus began a fruitful recording/touring association. Mood Swing, Freedom in the Groove, and Spirit of the Moment documented Blade’s percussion prowess, with many taking notice. Blade also recorded and toured with alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett. And just as jazz seemed his lone calling, Blade’s love for all kinds of music found him recording with Joni Mitchell, Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, and Bob Dylan.