If the name Brian Blade makes you think of the incandescent abstractions of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, of which he is a longtime member, this is not that. The music Blade creates with his Fellowship Band — a functioning unit for more than 15 years — is ambitious, but it’s usually peacefully low-key. Joining drummer Blade, pianist Jon Cowherd, reedmen Myron Walden and Melvin Butler, and bassist Chris Thomas for Landmarks are Marvin Sewell and Jeff Parker on guitars. After the short, slurry “Down River,” courtesy of Cowherd on Mellotron, comes “Landmarks,” another in this series that revolves around references to places. (Most of the album was recorded in Shreveport, Blade’s home town.) A piano/bass intro establishes an easy mood before Walden and Butler join on alto and tenor, respectively. The music has loose, brilliant moments but is generally softly plodding. Blade had Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., and his grandfather, Levi Gardner, in mind with “He Died Fighting,” which has Walden’s alto singing heroically against the leader’s quasi-military beat. “Friends Call Her Dot,” written for Blade’s mother, is a ponderous beauty of a song featuring Walden’s bass clarinet. The episodic “Farewell Bluebird,” recalling a defunct New Orleans café, boasts sections of gently heraldic horns, swinging piano, and Sewell’s bluesy electric guitar. This album is good, but while promotional materials invoke the Shorter quartet in mentioning a “spirit of risk,” Landmarks never approaches that level of adventure.