Makaya Mccraven: Deciphering The Message

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Label: BLUE NOTE
Catalog: B003383902
Format: CD

With his new remix album, Deciphering The Message, Chicago-based drummer, producer and beat scholar Makaya McCraven digs into the vaults of legendary jazz label Blue Note Records to put a modern spin on classics by Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Kenny Burrell and Eddie Gale. Though "Deciphering The Message gathers songs from several years of Blue Note history, it plays like a cohesive set, all in one show at one venue. "When I put it all together, I wanted to create a narrative that made the listener feel like they were falling into that space or movement," McCraven says. "I really tried to make it a record, not just a series of tracks." McCraven hopes the album is both educational and just a good listen. "I always want to make music that speaks to people in a way that makes them nod or feel something or takes them somewhere," he says. "I also hope that if they have that music, they'll look at the source of it. The music we're making now is part of the same path and is connected, so I want to honor the tradition and release something that people can resonate to."

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