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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.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Kevin Le Gendre explores the story of the Gee's Bend community

    • Matt Arnett on visiting Gee's Bend

    • Gee's Bend Singers

      Good Evening Everybody (I've Been to the River and I've Been Baptized)

      Composer: Trad. (arr. Alice Peteway)

      • Recorded by Robert Sonkin July 1941, Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
    • Mary Lee Bendolph, China Pettway & Revil Mosley

      Chariot / Let Me Ride

      Composer: Trad. (arr. Mary Lee Bendolph, China Pettway, Revil Mosley)

      • Recorded by Matt Arnett for Jazz on 3.
    • The Women of Gee's Bend in conversation

    • Mary Lee Bendolph, China Pettway & Revil Mosley

      Lord, Have Mercy

      Composer: Trad. (arr. Mary Lee Bendolph, China Pettway, Revil Mosley)

      • Recorded by Matt Arnett for Jazz on 3.
    • Mary Lee Bendolph, China Pettway & Revil Mosley

      Spirit of the Lord is Here

      Composer: Trad. (arr. Mary Lee Bendolph, China Pettway, Revil Mosley)

      • Recorded by Matt Arnett for Jazz on 3.
    • Jason Moran on the Gee's Bend Quilts

    • Gee's Bend Singers

      Here Am I (Send Me)

      Composer: Trad. (arr. Ernest Pettway)

      • Recorded by Robert Sonkin July 1941, Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
    • Jason Moran

      Here Am I / Dear Lord

      Composer: Jason Moran / Trad.

      • Live: Time on the Quilts of Gee's Bend.
      • Recorded by NPR Jazzset.
    • Jaimeo Brown on hearing the Gee's Bend spirituals

    • Jaimeo Brown

      Power of God (feat. J.D. Allen & Chris Sholar)

      Composer: Jaimeo Brown / Trad.

      • Transcendence.
      • Motema.
  • Jaimeo Brown Trio recorded at XOYO, London on 19 November 2013

    • Line up: JD Allen (tenor saxophone); Chris Sholar (guitar, samples and electronics); Jaimeo Brown (drums)

    • Jaimeo Brown Trio

      Mean World

      Composer: Jaimeo Brown / Trad.

    • Jaimeo Brown Trio

      This World Ain't My Home

      Composer: Jaimeo Brown / Trad.

    • Jaimeo Brown Trio

      You Need't Mind My Dying

      Composer: Jaimeo Brown / Trad.

    • Jaimeo Brown Trio

      Somebody's Knocking

      Composer: Jaimeo Brown / Trad.

    • Jaimeo Brown Trio

      Baby Miesh

      Composer: Jaimeo Brown / Trad.

    • Jaimeo Brown Trio

      I Said

      Composer: Jaimeo Brown / Trad.

    • Jaimeo Brown Trio

      You Can't Hide

      Composer: Jaimeo Brown / Trad.

    • Jaimeo Brown Trio

      Power Of God

      Composer: Jaimeo Brown / Trad.

  • The Women of Gee's Bend performing exclusively for Jazz on 3

    • Mary Lee Bendolph, China Pettway & Revil Mosley

      You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone

      Composer: Trad. (arr. Mary Lee Bendolph, China Pettway, Revil Mosley)

      • Recorded by Matt Arnett for Jazz on 3.

Jaimeo Brown

Jaimeo Brown

JD Allen

JD Allen

Chris Sholar

Chris Sholar

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