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Makaya McCraven | Universal Beings E&F Sides

The drummer hits the sweet spot between jazz, hip-hop, neo-soul and more.

American drummer Makaya McCraven and an all-star cast — including maverick sax player Shabaka Hutchings — hit the sweet spot between avant-garde jazz, neo-soul, electronica, hip-hop and more as he revistis, deconstructs and reassembles elements of his 2018 release Universal Beings into a whole new album. Get into his groove.

THE PRESS RELEASE: “An addendum to Makaya McCraven’s critically acclaimed 2018 release Universal Beings, Universal Beings E&F Sides presents 14 new pieces of organic beat music cut from the original sessions, prepared and produced by Makaya as a soundtrack to the Universal Beings documentary film. Directed by Mark Pallman, the Universal Beings documentary follows Makaya to Los Angeles, Chicago, London and New York City for a behind the scenes look into the making of the artists breakthrough album, taking the viewer through the story of Makaya’s life, his process and the community of musicians that helped bring this project to life. Universal Beings was recorded at four sessions in New York, Chicago, London and Los Angeles, and features some of the best “new” jazz players from those hot bed cities: Brandee Younger, Tomeka Reid, Dezron Douglas, Joel Ross, Shabaka Hutchings, Junius Paul, Nubya Garcia, Daniel Casimir, Ashley Henry, Josh Johnson, Jeff Parker, Anna Butters, Carlos Niño and Miguel-Atwood Ferguson — all of whom feature on Universal Beings E&F Sides.”