The Royal Room Columbia City
Sun April 22, 7 pm, 9:30 pm 21+
Recommended by Dave Segal
What Jaimeo Brown Transcendence do could easily descend into pastiche. But instead, their music hits you hard with a newfangled vibrancy derived from the profoundly rooted emotional power of gospel, blues, prison work songs, and field recordings, which they thread into a jazz context. The residual resonance of music and chants born of extreme struggle adds layers of poignancy to JBT's exquisite compositions. They alchemize and restore these sepia-toned, historical elements into fresh jazz expressionism. It's not very different from Moby was doing on Play within an electronic-music context, but JBT come across as much more genuine and invested in the source material.