Universal Beings


Format: CD


Release date: 9 Nov 2018
Format: CD
Grade: New (About gradings)
Number of discs: 2
SKU: 100915
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Paris-born, New England-raised and long-time Chicago-residing Makaya McCraven has assembled a sprawling cast of talent for this ambitious, 22 track offering of new jazz that sits in the space somewhere between avant-garde, experimental and spiritual. The use of cello and harp bring a mystical element to many of the cuts here. The loping ‘Holy Lands’ is a beautiful piece of desert jazz that brings to mind that Strata east vibe, the crashing, full on ‘Prosperity’s Fear’ builds and, weaves and includes background cheers and claps that put the listener right in the room where it was performed while the more angular, off beat ‘Flipped Out’ offers yet another dimension. The languid ‘Fifth Monk’, the two-into-one ‘Brighter Days Beginning/Universal Beings’ and the sparkling ‘Black Lions’ are also standouts on an album that is more of an experience. This demands that you give it a lot of attention: the rewards are great.

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