Drummer/producer Makaya McCraven’s epic 2018 album 'Universal Beings' was a breakthrough release – both for Makaya as an artist and...
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Drummer/producer Makaya McCraven’s epic 2018 album 'Universal Beings' was a breakthrough release – both for Makaya as an artist and also for an entire class of “new jazz” artists who in recent years have been making waves from Chicago to New York to London and Los Angeles.
Featuring an all-star cast of genre-redefining players (incl. Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Tomeka Reid, Joel Ross, Brandee Younger, Jeff Parker…) recorded in the four aforementioned cities, the music of Universal Beings was composed in collective improvisational sessions before being post-produced by McCraven into twenty-two lyrical instrumental pieces of “organic beat music.”
'Universal Beings' received “Best of 2018” honors from over 30 publications and media outlets including… NOISEY, Rolling Stone, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, SPIN, Billboard, Guardian, Stereogum, Bandcamp, All Music, Wall Street Journal, NPR Music, Aquarium Drunkard, Los Angeles Times…
'Universal Beings' was recorded by Jazz drummer / producer Makaya McCraven 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.
Disc 1: [New York] A Queen's Intro Holy Lands Young Genius Black Lion Tall Tales Mantra Pharaoh's Intro Atlantic Black Inner Flight Wise Man, Wiser Woman Prosperity's Fear
Disc 2: [London] Flipped OUT Voila Suite Haus The Newbies Lift Off The Royal Outro The Count Off Butterss's Turtle Tricks The Fifth Monk Brighter Days Beginning Universal Beings