12 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After working with hordes of rock, R&B, jazz, and hip-hop stars, drummer Jaimeo Brown and guitarist/producer Chris Sholar create a strikingly singular amalgam of all those styles and more. Several tracks, like “Hidden Angel” and “Be So Glad,” incorporate samples from field recordings of old work songs, and build up stormy modern-jazz atmospheres as Brown’s roiling percussion leads the horn section on a wild chase. The heavy rock riffs of “For Mama Lucy” and the stomping blues of “Mississippi” also hint at how many other directions JBT are capable of taking.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After working with hordes of rock, R&B, jazz, and hip-hop stars, drummer Jaimeo Brown and guitarist/producer Chris Sholar create a strikingly singular amalgam of all those styles and more. Several tracks, like “Hidden Angel” and “Be So Glad,” incorporate samples from field recordings of old work songs, and build up stormy modern-jazz atmospheres as Brown’s roiling percussion leads the horn section on a wild chase. The heavy rock riffs of “For Mama Lucy” and the stomping blues of “Mississippi” also hint at how many other directions JBT are capable of taking.

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About Jaimeo Brown Transcendence

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence is the project of New York-based drummer/composer Jaimeo Brown and guitarist/producer Chris Sholar. The concept of their collaboration blends early recordings of blues, jazz, and folk songs with live hip-hop, jazz, and electronic elements. The duo first began this approach on the 2013 album Transcendence, which was credited to Brown, but launched their unique collaboration by using African-American spirituals, East Indian music, and other rare samples within a newly formed context. Brown and Sholar returned in early 2016 with their first proper release under the Jaimeo Brown Transcendence banner. Work Songs, released on the Motéma label, continued to sample and reassemble rare recordings and also featured contributions from saxophonists Jaleel Shaw and J.D. Allen, soul singer Lester Chambers, and more. ~ Timothy Monger

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