Universal Beings

£26.99
International Anthem Recording Company ‎
IARC0022
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LP
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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.

Tracklisting: 
A Queen's Intro
Holy Land
Young Genius
Black Lion
Tall Tales
Mantra
Pharaoh's Intro
Atlantic Black
Inner Flight
Wise Man, Wiser Woman
Prosperity's Fear
Flipped Out
Voila
Suite Haus
The Newbies Lift Off
The Royal Outro
The Count Off
Butterss's
Turtle Tricks
The Fifth Monk
Brighter Days Beginning
Universal Beings