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Makaya McCraven

Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The cutting edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive style of performance defy categorization.

Called “a sound visionary” (jazzinchicago.org) who is “not your everyday jazz drummer” (thewordisbond.com), McCraven brilliantly moves between genres and pushes the boundaries of jazz and rhythm to create forms of his own.

“You are listening to one incredible musician. His style and sound is unique, a heady, skillful, sophisticated and boldly uncompromising mix of jazz and hip hop…” (UK Vibe)

His breakthrough album In the Moment was released with International Anthem Recording Co. (IARC) in January of 2015 and quickly named “Album of the Week” on BBC 6 Radio by influential DJ Gilles Peterson. By the end of the year it was a “Best of 2015” selection for Los Angeles Times, Pop Matters, NPR Music’s Jazz Critics Poll, and Apple Music. In 2016, In The Moment was hailed by Turntable Lab as “one of the most important recordings to date in the modern Jazz world.” In The Moment was a dramatic statement by McCraven, where he debuted a unique brand of “organic beat music” that quickly launched him into the vanguard of not only Internationally-known jazz artists, but also a niche genre of next-wave composer-producers blurring the boundaries of jazz & electronic music.

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”Makaya McCraven has established himself as one of Chicago's most versatile and in-demand drummers” - Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

“one of the hardest drummers on the live music circuit” - Boyuan Gao, Revivalist.okayplayer.com

“the easy versatility of his work was unmistakable. Whether projecting a light touch and lithe technique in his “Zsiga” or unleashing an onslaught of sound elsewhere in the set, McCraven projected unassailable authority.” - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

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Albums

Deciphering the...

Blue Note Records
2021

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We're New Again

XL Recordings
2020

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The Weather Up There

Northern Spy Records
2020

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Suite For Max Brown

International Anthem Recording Company
2020

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Universal Beings E&F...

International Anthem Recording Company
2020

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Where We Come From...

International Anthem Recording Company
2018

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