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MAKAYA MCCRAVEN - Universal Beings (2 x LP)

Catalog Number: LPIARC0022

Label: International Anthem Recording Co.

Format: Vinyl


Release Type: Album

Genre: Recommendations, Funk / Soul / Jazz / Disco,

Availability: In stock


MAKAYA MCCRAVEN - Universal Beings (2 x LP)

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Universal Beings is jazz drummer / producer Makaya McCraven's new album - his most ambitious, elegant and refined work yet. Recorded at 2 intimate live sessions and 2 pop-up "studio" sessions across the "new" jazz hotbed cities of New York, Chicago, London, and Los Angeles, Makaya collaborated with an all-star cast of improvisers (15 musicians in total, including Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Jeff Parker, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson,Tomeka Reid, Brandee Younger and Carlos Niño) to create source material for the signature style of "organic beat music" production he debuted on the ground-breaking 2015 release In The Moment. The result is this epic, 2xLP set that represents another breakthrough in Makaya's career as a recording artist, as well as a definitive new work of the exciting global groundswell of next-generation, Black musicians re-vivifying and re-articulating "jazz" in 2018.

UNIVERSAL BEINGS is Makaya McCraven's long-awaited (proper) full-length follow-up to his 2015 breakout album "In The Moment," and was recorded across 4 intimate sessions in New York, Chicago, London, and Los Angeles, with an all-star cast of collaborators that features:

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (violin) • Anna Butterss (bass) • Daniel Casimir (bass) • Dezron Douglas (bass) • Nubya Garcia (tenor sax) • Ashley Henry (piano) • Shabaka Hutchings (tenor sax) • Josh Johnson (alto sax) • Carlos Niño (percussion) • Jeff Parker (guitar) • Junius Paul (bass) • Tomeka Reid (cello) • Joel Ross (vibraphone) • Brandee Younger (harp) • Makaya McCraven (drums)

“Mr. McCraven, a Chicago-based drummer, producer and beat maker, has quietly become one of the best arguments for jazz’s vitality.” – The New York Times, December 2017

Paris-born, New England-raised, long-time Chicago-residing Makaya McCraven has been at the forefront of genre-redefining movements in jazz since 2015, when he introduced the world to his unique brand of ‘organic beat music’ on the breakout album In The Moment. Culled, cut, post-produced & re-composed by Makaya using recordings of free improvisation he collected over dozens of live sessions in Chicago, through incubation & experimentation In The Moment established a procedural blueprint that he has since been sharpening & developing.

Honing this process on narrower sets of source material, Makaya followed up In The Moment with 2 mixtape releases – 2017’s Highly Rare, a lo-fi free-jazz-meets-hip-hop suite he made from a live 4-track recording, and June 2018’s Where We Come From (CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape), which he produced using live recordings from London jazz hub Total Refreshment Centre (captured at a showcase called CHICAGOxLONDON).

Now, after 4+ years of refining his approach, Makaya McCraven puts forth an ambitious new work – Universal Beings – a culmination of concepts conceived by In The Moment, and his most elegant & articulated work yet. Spurred by a desire to connect with old friends & new collaborators in places where similar spirits & diasporic jazz innovations are thriving, Makaya worked with International Anthem across late 2017 & early 2018 to setup intimate live sessions in New York & Chicago, and pop-up “studio” sessions in London & Los Angeles. Though the contexts and logistics were D.I.Y. (as they almost always are with IARC), the friends & friends-of-friends that Makaya was able to enlist are top tier players across the board. Some might call them super groups of “new” jazz musicians from their respective cities, with Makaya as a common denominator. But more importantly, collectively they make an inspiring display of the organic global inter-connectedness of the Black American music tradition in 2018.

Physically spanning national & international borders to create an album that musically spans deep spiritual jazz meditations, pulsing post-bop grooves & straight-ahead boom-bap, Makaya McCraven defies the simplifications of revisionism & regionalism while celebrating the sounds, settings & stories that define the provenance of his work. Universal Beings projects an all-encompassing message of unity, peace & power by embracing transcendence in all its expressions.

1. A Queen's Intro
2. Holy Lands
3. Young Genius
4. Black Lion
5. Tall Tales
6. Mantra
7. Pharaoh's Intro
8. Atlantic Black
9. Inner Flight
10. Wise Man, Wiser Woman
11. Prosperity's Fear
13. Flipped OUT
14. Voila
15. Suite Haus
16. The Newbies Lift Off
17. The Royal Outro
18. The Count Off
19. Butterss's
20. Turtle Tricks
21. The Fifth Monk
22. Brighter Days Beginning
23. Universal Beings
MAKAYA MCCRAVEN - Universal Beings (2 x LP)
  • A2) Holy Lands
  • A5) Tall Tales
  • B2) Atlantic Black
  • C2) Voila
  • D1) The Count Off

Additional Information

Label International Anthem Recording Co.
Format Vinyl
Back to date 5 Apr 2019

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