Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings E&F Sides – International Anthem Recording Company
Chicago jazz man Makaya McCraven has built up a fine head of steam in the last few years. Releasing mostly on International Anthem, he has a freeform style that was formed by playing in a local Windy City jazz club many nights a week, for many years. Previous albums have been stitched together from tens of hours of recordings of such live performances and this new one is actually an addendum to his 2018 LP Universal Beings, featuring new material that didn't fit on the first 2 x 12". It ranges from dark and intense to more spiritual and is another essential offering.