MAKAYA MCCRAVEN — In These Times (review)

MAKAYA MCCRAVEN — In These Times album cover Album · 2022 · Nu Jazz Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
Mssr_Renard
I already knew that Makaya is a gifted drummer and composer from his previous albums, but this album really blows me away.

Makaya and his band play a perfect mix of light fusion, post-bop, nu jazz with flourishes of instrumental hip-hop and spiritual jazz.

Makaya is a versatile drummer playing beats that sound like hip-hop beats but he knows his way around swinging bop-drumming aswell.

On the musical side every composition is constructed like classical music or popmusic. There are solos but not much improvisation.

Somehow the music reminds me a bit of music from the nineties, when LTJ Bukem and 4Hero explored the realms of acoustic music. The stringsection wich is used often in the songs also have a nostalgic feel.

In all this is a very modern and uptodate sounding album, with influences from seventies fusion upto nineties hiphop, acid jazz and modern-day nujazz. A real treat to people how really enjoy these subgenres.
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tupan wrote:
11 months ago
I've listened to it, it's very good indeed!
Mssr_Renard wrote:
1 year ago
You won't be disappointed!
tupan wrote:
1 year ago
It seems interesting!

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