Drummer, composer and bandleader Jaimeo Brown is slated to release the second part of his Transcendence Series with his 2016 release, Work Songs. The forthcoming record is the second installment within the series and directly follows-up Transcendence, his 2013 release where he explored the sound of traditional American spirituals. While Work Songs is inherently similar to Transcendence, its primary focus and theme takes the to a different landscape.

Audio Premiere: Jaimeo Brown Shares "For Mama Lucy" From Forthcoming 2016 Release, 'Work Songs'

Photo Credit: Rebecca Meek

To give ya’ll a taste of Brown’s forthcoming record ahead of its February 12, 2016 release date, the kind folks at Motéma have generously shared with us “For Mama Lucy,” a cut from Work Songs demonstrating Brown’s unique blend of blues, hip-hop, and jazz. “Work songs express the raw emotions of our struggle to transcend barriers,” noted Jaimeo Brown when we asked about his upcoming project. “‘For Mama Lucy’ seeks to demonstrate the timeless power of the blues and to remember those who gave it to us. The music and visuals illuminate the human cry as a snapshot of where we are today, unchanged from yesterday.” Built on top of a sample from a 1959 recording of a prison inmate named Leroy Grant, “For Mama Lucy” tells the story of a family member who is grieving over a sick family member. Opening with a repeated guitar riff that accompanies Grant as he sings, “Save old Mama Lucy, doctor don’t let her die,” the song morphs into slightly more hopeful mood. Highlights from the second part of the track come from saxophonist JD Allen‘s stunning solo (seriously, Allen goes in on this here track) over Brown’s powerful drumming coupled with dense harmonic material from guitarist Chris Sholar who also acted as Work Songs‘ co-producer. Scroll down below to listen to Jaimeo Brown’s “For Mama Lucy.”

Pre-order Work Songs ahead of its 2/12/16 release on iTunes.

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