Makaya McCraven

Universal Beings

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Record Label
International Anthem Recording Co.

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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 Nino) to create source material for the signature style of “organic beat music” production he debuted on the groundbreaking 2015 release In The Moment. The result is this epic, 2xLP/CD 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.


A Queen’s Intro
Holy Lands
Young Genius
Black Lion
Tall Tales
Pharaoh’s Intro
Atlantic Black
Inner Flight
Wise Man, Wiser Woman
Prosperity’s Fear
Flipped OUT
Suite Haus
The Newbies Lift Off
The Royal Outro
The Count Off
Turtle Tricks
The Fifth Monk
Brighter Days Beginning
Universal Beings

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