Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The bleeding edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is one of Chicago’s savviest cultural players and a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive, cinematic style defy categorization. McCraven is currently on tour and just released Universal Beings, a 2xLP album featuring an A-list of new jazz players from New York, Chicago, London & Los Angeles.
Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The cutting edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive style of performance defy categorization. Called a sound visionary (jazzinchicago. org) who is not your everyday jazz drummer (thewordisbond. com), McCraven brilliantly moves between genres and pushes the boundaries of jazz and rhythm to create forms of his own. You are listening to one incredible musician. His style and sound is unique, a heady, skillful, sophisticated and boldly uncompromising mix of jazz and hip hop. (UK Vibe)
Highly Rare (Cass, Ltd, Mixtape). International Anthem Recording Company. Highly Rare (CDr, Album, Promo).
Highly Rare finds a dark aisle between free jazz and hip-hop and traverses it restlessly, breaking down the division between the two forms. On Above & Beyond, the record’s foremost feet-mover, Nick Mazzarella’s alto sax jumps between precisely inflected phrases and throaty wails into the void. The next track, Venus Rising, begins with McCraven’s skittering drumbeat quietly underscoring bleary-eyed groans from Mazzarella’s sax and Ben LaMar Gay’s cornet-then slowly wakes up, hoists itself up via Junius Paul’s bass, and snowballs into anxious chaos until the room spins. Night, above all, lights the way for Highly Rare. A track entitled Icy Lightning features Gay repeatedly calling out the titular phrase, which in its taunting cadence can easily be heard as a more ominous I see lightning. It’s a curiously fitting moment.
Highly Rare is a special kind of album, as it was recorded in a single night. Makaya McCraven manages to put together 41 minutes of raw jazz improvisation that bounces around genres. The album was released to the public on November 16, 2017. Highly Rare Q&A. More Makaya McCraven albums.
Highly Rare is a new mixtape produced & arranged by Makaya McCraven. The sounds were recorded to four track cassette tape at a DIY show packed into the confines of Chicago dive Danny’s Tavern, a place definitely not known for having live bands, let alone live recordings
Listening to Makaya McCraven’s mixtape, Highly Rare, provides a brief education in Chicago’s contemporary jazz scene. The players are among the best in the city, and they draw on its rich legacy while also expanding out in new directions. The album was recorded on a bitingly cold night, days after the gutting results of the . ive style of performance defy categorization. His breakthrough album In the Moment was released with International Anthem Recording Co. (IARC) in January of 2015 and quickly named Album of the Week on BBC 6 Radio by influential DJ Gilles Peterson. McCraven went on to put out his first DJ-style mixtape Highly Rare (IARC) in 2017, which was produced from a single live performance in Chicago, and eventually hailed as one of the Best Albums of 2017 by The New York Times.
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NotesPromotional issue in a PVC sleeve with a picture foldout inset.
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