Listening Post: Todd Rundgren, Jaimeo Brown, Craig Taborn, Chuck Owen


Jaimeo Brown with J.D. Allen and Chris Sholar, “Transcendence” (Motema). One of the most exciting jazz discs of the year so far. Brown is a 34-year-old drummer, composer and (according to his publicity) “conceptualist.” And anyone who thinks that last is pretentious and gilding the lily should listen to this extraordinary fusion of (get this now) the spirituals of Gee’s Bend, Ala., East Indian Carnatic music, blues, hip-hop, electronica and post-Coltrane jazz. Absolutely none of it sounds out of place. Brown is one of those musicians who understands how very much of the completely disparate music of the world transcends time and place and mixes comfortably in the music of musicians who are determined to bring freedom, passion and expressivity to the world, no matter what. Along with the great young tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen on this disc, you’ll hear pianist Geri Allen on “Power of God,” and

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