MAKAYA MCCRAVEN - UNIVERSAL BEINGS VINYL RE-ISSUE (2LP GATEFOLD)
Release Date: 26th July 2019
Re-issue of one of the best jazz albums of last year! Makaya McCraven's Universal Beings took the modern jazz world by storm with its incredible range, having been created out of a year’s worth of recordings from live shows featuring some of the best jazz players out there in Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Tomeka Reid, Joel Ross, Brandee Younger, and Jeff Parker. The record lives somewhere between a studio and a live record and that's what sets it apart and with its roots in hip-hop and the beat scene, it lives and breathes with a pulsating undercurrent. Out of this universe!
FFO: Alfa Mist, Tenderlonious, Damon Locks, Mammal Hands
"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, double 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."