Jaimeo Brown Trio at the 2013 London Jazz Festival
Jez Nelson presents drummer Jaimeo Brown and his trio performing at XOYO at the 2013 London Jazz Festival. The trio includes John Allen (saxophone) and Chris Sholar (guitar).
Jaimeo Brown's debut album released earlier this year draws on the rich musical traditions of the American South. Most prominent are samples of spirituals sung by the Gee's Bend quilters, a remote community of artisans in Alabama, variously treated as the basis for improvisation or as the chorus in passages of call and response. The album is called Transcendence, a reflection of Brown's deep religiosity as well as his circling, shimmering compositions that build to an ecstatic crescendo.
Somewhat unusually for a composer/ bandleader, Brown is a drummer; he leads this trio - including saxophonist John Allen on saxophone and guitarist/ producer Chris Sholar - from behind the kit.
Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton; Chris Elcombe.
Kevin Le Gendre explores the story of the Gee's Bend community
Matt Arnett on visiting Gee's Bend
The Women of Gee's Bend in conversation
Jason Moran on the Gee's Bend Quilts
Jaimeo Brown on hearing the Gee's Bend spirituals
Jaimeo Brown Trio recorded at XOYO, London on 19 November 2013
The Women of Gee's Bend performing exclusively for Jazz on 3