Makaya McCraven / DECIPHERING THE MESSAGE

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A review of the drummer’s album inspired by past Blue Note artists, including Hank Mobley, Kenny Dorham, Horace Silver, and Art Blakey.

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Across numerous albums and mixtapes, Makaya McCraven has proven his mastery of the loop akin to hiphop’s most celebrated beatmakers like J Dilla and Madlib. With his new remix album, Deciphering The Message, the Chicago-based drummer and producer digs through the Blue Note Records vaults to put a modern bounce on classics by Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Burrell, and Eddie Gale, among others. McCraven has always been a collaborative artist who prefers the energy of in-person sessions over the isolation of creating alone. That’s no different here: Deciphering The Message features new recorded elements from vibraphonist Joel Ross, trumpeter Marquis Hill, alto saxophonist Greg Ward, guitarists Matt Gold and Jeff Parker, bassist Junius Paul, and De’Sean Jones on tenor saxophone and flute.

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