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Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings - New Vinyl 2 LP 2018 International Anthem Pressing with Gatefold Jacket - Chicago, IL Jazz / Live Improvisation


Street Date: 11/16/18

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 Niño) 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 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.


New York Side
A1 A Queen's Intro
A2 Holy Land
A3 Young Genius
A4 Black Lion
A5 Tall Tales
A6 Mantra
Chicago Side
B1 Pharaoh's Intro
B2 Atlantic Black
B3 Inner Flight
B4 Wise Man, Wiser Woman
B5 Prosperity's Fear
London Side
C1 Flipped OUT
C2 Voila
C3 Suite Haus
C4 The Newbies Lift Off
C5 The Royal Outro
Los Angeles Side
D1 The Count Off
D2 Butterss's
D3 Turtle Tricks
D4 The Fifth Monk
D5 Brighter Days Beginning
D6 Universal Beings


  • Alto Saxophone – Josh Johnson (tracks: D1 to D6)
  • Cello – Tomeka Reid (tracks: A1 to B5)
  • Cover, Artwork – Damon Locks
  • Design [Insert] – Craig Hansen 
  • Double Bass – Anna Butterss (tracks: D1 to D6), Daniel Casimir (tracks: C1 to C5), Dezron Douglas (tracks: A1 to A6)
  • Double Bass, Percussion – Junius Paul (tracks: B1 to B5)
  • Drums – Makaya McCraven
  • Electric Piano [Rhodes] – Ashley Henry (tracks: C1 to C5)
  • Executive-Producer – Scott McNiece
  • Guitar – Jeff Parker (tracks: D1 to D6)
  • Harp – Brandee Younger (tracks: A1 to A6)
  • Percussion – Carlos Niño (tracks: D1 to D6)
  • Photography By [Chicago Side] – Michael Handler, Sean Owens
  • Photography By [London Side] – Fabrice Bourgelle
  • Photography By [Los Angeles Side] – Mark Pallman
  • Photography By [New York Side] – Joe Mault
  • Photography By [Portrait] – Fabrice Bourgelle
  • Producer – Makaya McCraven
  • Recorded By, Mixed By – Dave Vettraino, David Allen 
  • Tenor Saxophone – Nubya Garcia (tracks: C1 to C5), Shabaka Hutchings (tracks: B1 to B5)
  • Vibraphone – Joel Ross (tracks: A1 to A6)
  • Violin – Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (tracks: D1 to D6)


New York Side: Recorded August 29th, 2017, at H0I0 in Ridgewood, New York.
Chicago Side: Recorded September 2nd, 2017, at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois.
London Side: Recorded October 19th, 2017, at Total Refreshment Studios in Stoke Newington, London, UK.
Los Angeles Side: Recorded January 30th, 2018, at Jeff Parker's House in Altadena, California.

Gatefold vinyl with obi strip and insert.