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Makaya McCraven's Universe

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Drummer Makaya McCraven's new double album Universal Beings mixes the artistry and experimentation of jazz with the irresistible dance beats of hip-hop. It also brings together a dream team of collaborators from London, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, including Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Brandee Younger and Jeff Parker. This episode of Mondo Jazz celebrates Makaya McCraven's musical universe and its brilliant stars from around the world.

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Playlist

  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Makaya McCraven "Suite Haus" from Universal Beings (International Anthem) 0:17
  • Host talk 5:19
  • Nubya Garcia "When We Are" from When We Are -EP (Nyasha) 7:13
  • Nubya Garcia "Source" from When We Are -EP (Nyasha) 13:47
  • Makaya McCraven "Mantra" from Universal Beings (International Anthem) 22:35
  • Brandee Younger "Wax and Wane" from Live at the Breeding Ground (Self-released) 26:16
  • Host talk 30:14
  • Makaya McCraven "Atlantic Black" from Universal Beings (International Anthem) 32:21
  • Sons of Kemet "My Queen Is Ada Eastman" from Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!) 41:31
  • Sons of Kemet "My Queen Is Nanny of the Maroons" from Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!) 48:08
  • Shabaka and the Ancestors "Natty" from Wisdom of Elders (Brownswood) 54:48
  • Host talk 1:04:45
  • Makaya McCraven "Three Fifths a Man" from in the Moment (International Anthem) 1:07:08
  • Jeff Parker "The Relative; Toy Boat" from The Relatives (Thrill Jockey)
  • 1:11:28
  • Isotope 217 "Beneath the Undertow" from The Unstable Molecule (Thrill Jockey) 1:22:50
  • Host talk 1:29:12
  • The Art Ensemble of Chicago "Zero / Alternate Line" from Tribute to Lester (ECM) 1:31:01
  • Host talk 1:40:10
  • Brandee Younger "Blue Nile" from Live at the Breeding Ground 1:41:10
  • Shabaka and the Ancestors "Joyous" from Wisdom of Elders (Brownswood) 1:54:11
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