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Makaya McCraven

Makaya McCraven - Deciphering The Message (Blue Note)


RELEASED: 19th November 2021
Vinyl LP

Format:  Vinyl LP
Cat No:  3814473

On ‘Deciphering The Message’, Chicago-based jazz drummer and producer Makaya McCraven reworks some jazz classics. Tunes by the likes of Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Dexter Gordon and Ahmad Jamal are triumphantly reborn into the world of hip-hop.

McCraven has chosen and reworked the tracks to work as a complete LP rather than individual tracks. “I always want to make music that will connect with people in one way, where it makes them nod or feel something or transport them somewhere,” McCraven said in a statement. “I also hope this makes them check out the source of this music if they have it. The music that we’re making now is part of the same route and is connected, so I want to honour tradition and release something that people can vibe to.”


1. A Slice Of The Top (AKA "Sliced Off The Top)
2. Sunset (AKA "Son Set")
3. When Your Lover Has Gone (AKA "When You've Left Your Lover")
4. Ecaroh (AKA "Revlis")
5. Tranquillity (AKA "Corner Of The World")
6. Wail Bait (AKA "Wait Bail")
7. Coppin' The Haven (AKA "At The Haven Coppin")
8. Frank's Tune (AKA "De'Jeff's Tune)
9. Autumn In New York (AKA "Spring In Chicago")
10. Monaco (AKA "Monte Negro")
11. Mr. Jin (AKA "Mr. Gin")
12. C.F.D. (AKA "D.F.C.")
13. Black Rhythm Happening