After a lengthy gap between records with his Fellowship Band, drummer Brian Blade has stepped up the pace, following up the unmistakable sound of Season of Changes
(Verve, 2008) with Mama Rosa
. Blade temporarily deserts the folkloric jazz context of his longstanding group, instead delivering a singer/songwriter album that’s just as compelling. Different in nature it may be, but in its own way it makes perfect sense for the introspective and deeply spiritual Blade.