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A new project by Chicago-based drummer/producer Makaya McCraven. An addendum to his critically-acclaimed 2018 release Universal Beings, which The New York Times said "affirms the drummer and beatsmith's position as a major figure in creative music," Universal Beings E&F Sides presents fourteen 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.
"Universal Beings E&F" is billed as an addendum to Makaya McCraven's beloved 2018 album "Universal Beings", 14 new tracks from the original sessions that were put together to accompany a documentary movie about the album. The percussionist is on fine form here, with gritty, fluid beats sitting as the backbone of each track, tracing rhythmic forms without no regard for genre and hovering thru a smoky haze of vibraphone, harp, double bass, rhodes and sax. There are almost too many guest musicians to name, but Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Carlos Niño and Jeff Parker all show up to add their magic, bringing additional sparkle to McCraven's psychedelic borderless jazz.