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Jazz, Contemporary
February 12, 2016

Format: Compact Disc



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Jaimeo Brown Transcendence's 'Work Songs' resurrects stories of workers and prisoners worldwide in a call to action during tense times in America, on an album that deftly fuses the acoustic and the digital, compellingly connecting jazz and blues with contemporary rock, hip-hop and electronic music.

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence is the product of long-time collaboration between Brown and co-producer/guitarist Chris Sholar (who won a GRAMMY® Award for his work on Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne). Both emerging from a generation that appreciates the jazz in hip hop, the artists with whom this duo has collaborated with speaks for itself. Brown, as drummer, has sat behind the skins for Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Q-Tip, Carl Craig, Kenny Garrett, Geri Allen, and Bobby Hutcherson, among others. Sholar's work as guitarist and producer has spanned the likes of Beyonce, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, A Tribe Called Quest, Robert Glasper, D'Angelo, Just Blaze, Common, Dr. Dre and more.

The digital tapestry that birthed 'Work Songs' also hosts several contributors: Jaleel Shaw and JD Allen on alto and tenor saxophone, respectively; legendary soul and blues vocalist Lester Chambers; the Gee's Bend Quilters (who were the central focus of Jaimeo Brown Transcendence's debut album), and rising star keyboardists Big Yuki and James Francies.

"Brown's torrid brew of Pharoah Sanders-like saxophone, blues-drenched guitar and hip-hop/electronica has a raw energy that sets it apart" - The Times

"Jaimeo Brown's 'Transcendence' reaches across genres, generations" - LA Times

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"(4 stars) The syncopation of hammers on nails forging railroad tracks and weary chants of laborers are mixed with progressive blues, rock, jazz, and hip hop influences to create a patchwork that's soulfully compelling."

All About Jazz, (Mark F. Turner), March 1, 2016

"(4 stars) The glossy production, which is cinematic in scope, weaves samples of legacy folk-recordings, hip hop beats and found sounds into freshly sung vocals and killer jazz from in-prime saxophonists Jaleel Shaw and JC Allen."

Financial Times, (Mike Hobart), February 19, 2016

"It's a document bearing purpose and statement; it's also exhilarating beyond its content...Work Songs works because it pays equivalent respect to the past and the present, the oppressed and the free, and the multicultural, integrating disparate elements and drawing strength from strewn-about pieces."

JazzTimes, (Jeff Tamarkin), May 17, 2016

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Catalogue number 234152
Barcode 0885150341520
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 60g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 7mm x 125mm