Makaya Mccraven

Universal Beings

2 CD
Double LP

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. 

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  • 1.A Queen's Intro
  • 2.Holy Lands (feat. Brandee Younger)
  • 3.Young Genius (feat. Joel Ross)
  • 4.Black Lion (feat. Dezron Douglas)
  • 5.Tall Tales (feat. Tomeka Reid)
  • 6.Mantra
  • 7.Pharaoh's Intro
  • 8.Atlantic Black
  • 9.Inner Flight
  • 10.Wise Man, Wiser Woman (feat. Shabaka Hutchings)
  • 11.Prosperity's Fear (feat. Junius Paul)
  • 12.Flipped OUT
  • 13.Voila (feat. Daniel Casimir)
  • 14.Suite Haus (feat. Nubya Garcia)
  • 15.The Newbies Lift Off (feat. Ashley Henry)
  • 16.The Royal Outro
  • 17.The Count Off (feat. Carlos Nino)
  • 18.Butterss's (feat. Anna Butterss)
  • 19.Turtle Tricks (feat. Jeff Parker)
  • 20.The Fifth Monk
  • 21.Brighter Days Beginning (feat. Josh Johnson)
  • 22.Universal Beings (feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)

Item code: CDIARC0022
Info correct on: 27/6/2019