Deciphering The Message

Makaya McCraven

Deciphering The Message

Latest album from Chicago-based jazz drummer Makaya McCraven features remixes of Blue Note jazz songs

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  1. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Makaya McCraven brings his percussion and DJing skills to the Blue Note catalog for Deciphering the Message, creating a deft mix of the old with the new
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  2. 8.0 |   All Music

    McCraven was egoless and reverential in remixing these tunes. His own hope for Deciphering the Message is to point new listeners toward the originals. As wonderful as that intention is, this album is a phenomenal listening experience in its own right
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  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Makaya McCraven's alchemical abilities and subliminal technical savvy offer both a sensitive update of the Blue Note label's depth-charged catalogue and a welcome pathfinder for the uninitiated. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A subtle update to the jazz tradition of artists recording new visions of their peer’s songs, and a fitting introduction for Makaya McCraven into the canon of Blue Note greats
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  5. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    On his latest project, the jazz drummer and innovative producer brings the heart of the famous Blue Note catalog into the present
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  6. 6.0 |   Uncut

    McCraven's label debut deploys his own musicians with Horace Silver and the rest, giving a steamy hip-hop stutter to Blakey beats already halfway there, and letting the aching melody of Kenny Burrell's "Autumn In New York" simmer under new rhythmic cross-winds. Print edition only

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