RIYL: Ornette Coleman, Kamaal Williams, Nubya Garcia, Tenderlonious

Label: International Anthem

From International Anthem:
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.

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.

Physically spanning national & international borders to create an album that musically spans deep spiritual jazz meditations, pulsing post-bop grooves & straight-ahead boom-bap, Makaya McCraven defies the simplifications of revisionism & regionalism while celebrating the sounds, settings & stories that define the provenance of his work. Universal Beings projects an all-encompassing message of unity, peace & power by embracing transcendence in all its expressions. 

Grab some delicious colored vinyl after the ‘buy’ link and check out 3 tracks below including the hyper-improvisational epic Atlantic Black.

The Details

Two Black in Bone Colored Vinyl disks inside a heavyweight reverse-board *gatefold jacket* with flooded black inside pockets.
Package includes a 4-page insert booklet, IARC obi strip & dome patterned inner sleeves.
Limited edition of 333 colored vinyl copies.

Includes digital pre-order of Universal Beings. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
Item ships out on or around October 25, 2018.

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Price $37

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