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Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings LP

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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...��_��_��_��_more

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released October 26, 2018

Tracks 1-6 (New York Side) recorded live @ H0L0,
Ridgewood, Queens, NY, August 29th, 2017.
Brandee Younger (harp)
Joel Ross (vibraphone)
Tomeka Reid (cello)
Dezron Douglas (double bass)
Makaya McCraven (drums)��_��_

Tracks 7-11 (Chicago Side) recorded live @ Co-Prosperity Sphere,��_��_
Bridgeport, Chicago, IL, September 2nd, 2017.��_��_
*Shabaka Hutchings (tenor saxophone)��_��_
Tomeka Reid (cello)��_��_
Junius Paul (double bass)��_��_
Makaya McCraven (drums)

Tracks 12-16 (London Side) recorded @ Total Refreshment Studios,
Stoke Newington, London, UK, October 19th, 2017.
Nubya Garcia (tenor saxophone)
**Ashley Henry (Rhodes piano)
Daniel Casimir (double bass)
Makaya McCraven (drums)

Tracks 17-22 (Los Angeles Side) recorded @ Jeff Parker's house,
Altadena, Los Angeles County, CA, January 30th, 2018.
Josh Johnson (alto saxophone)
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (violin)
Jeff Parker (guitar)
Anna Butterss (double bass)
Carlos Nino (percussion)
Makaya McCraven (drums)