International Anthem Recording Co.

Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings (2xLP)


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.


LP 1

1 A Queen's Intro

2 Holy Lands

3 Young Genius

4 Black Lion

5 Tall Tales

6 Mantra

7 Pharaoh's Intro

8 Atlantic Black

9 Inner Flight

10 Wise Man, Wiser Woman

11 Prosperity's Fear

LP 2

12 Flipped OUT

13 Voila

14 Suite Haus

15 The Newbies Lift Off

16 The Royal Outro

17 The Count Off

18 Butterss's

19 Turtle Tricks

20 The Fifth Monk

21 Brighter Days Beginning

22 Universal Beings