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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

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Six musicians to watch in 2021

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Six musicians to watch in 2021

As the new year begins, no one is sure exactly when live music will resume on a widespread, regular basis or when touring artists will be able to start traveling again. We can, however, still keep an eye and ear on some of the jazz artists who seem likely to be influential over the next 12 ...

We're New Again

Label: XL Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Special Tribute (Broken Home, Pt. 1); I'm New Here; Running; Blessed Parents; New York is Killing Me; The Patch (Broken Home, Pt. 2); People of the Light; Being Blessed; Where Did the Night Go; Lily Scott (Broken Home, Pt.3); I'll Take Care of You; I've Been Me; This Can't Be Real; Piano Player; The Crutch; Guided (Broken Home, Pt.4); Certain Bad Things; Me and the Devil.

Universal Beings E&F Sides

Label: International Anthem Recording Company
Released: 2020
Track listing: Everybody Cool; Half Steppin'; Mak Attack; The Hunt; Beat Science; Dadada; Isms; Traveling Space; Kings and Queens; The Loneliness; Her Name; Universal Beings Pt 2; Butterss Fly; The Way Home.

The Weather Up There

Label: Northern Spy Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sleep; 1985; All I Know; It's Nothing; The Breaks; Hike; Elegy; Return These Tides; The Weather Up There; He Pushes Up.

Suite For Max Brown

Label: International Anthem Recording Company
Released: 2020
Track listing: Build a Nest; C'mon Now; Fusion Swirl; After the Rain; Metamorphoses; Gnarciss; Lydian, Etc; Del Rio; 3 for L; Go Away; Max Brown.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Bassisterhood - Part 2

Read "Bassisterhood - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

We continue our exploration of bands and projects lead by female bass players which have become exponentially more prominent in the past two decades. Here is the fascinating music by musicians that debunk commonly held stereotypes related to the physicality of music, and develop a personal way to synthesize their countless sources of inspiration.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Chris May’s Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Chris May’s Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Chris May

Not the best year for live gigs in London, but Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra just made it under the wire, lighting up the Jazz Cafe in late January. Rather like Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Sosimi's band has form as an incubator of young talent. A recent star in the making was trumpeter Ife Ogunjobi, who has ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tori Handsley: As We Stand

Read "As We Stand" reviewed by Chris May

Harpist Tori Handsley is a prominent sideperson on London's alternative jazz scene.She has worked with reed player Shabaka Hutchings, tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia and keyboard player Nikki Yeoh among other luminaries. She is perhaps best known for her contributions to two albums by Binker and Moses, the ferocious semi-free duo led by tenor saxophonist Binker Golding ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Georgia Anne Muldrow, Hal Willner, Butcher Brown & More New Releases

Read "Georgia Anne Muldrow, Hal Willner, Butcher Brown & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Genre-bending, re-imaginings of masters past and present, and eclectic alliances of musicians from different scenes and backgrounds are at the heart of this week's roll-call of new and upcoming releases, with the latest albums by Jyoti (a.k.a. Georgia Anne Muldrow), and Hal Willner, deserving special attention. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo ...


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