I've followed Blackwell for sometime now but haven't listened-in lately to where he has arrived musically (recorded only 3,4 years ago). I'm totally blown as to his maturity in approaching music - having his own funky sound yet pulling back a tad or two. In other words, I think he has toned down quite a bit where his sound is so much more refined, if I may. Listen to his earlier years and you know what I'm raving about. This guy was in people's faces during their soloing! Blackwell could have easily been tied-up in the drum-a-thon thing where he could be playing to himself but chose to play music. The video here demonstrates that same intensity but more 'open', refined and musically inclined. So if you've heard him in earlier years then up until now, you will notice that taming of youthfulness has come full grown. I take that back - I'm expecting even more refining as he continues maturing.
My take here.
Mr. John Blackwell