Makaya McCraven Announces New Album

Today Chicago-based percussionist, composer and producer Makaya McCraven announces the details of his new album In These Times, which is set for release on September 23rd via International Anthem / Nonesuch / XL Recordings. The first offering from the new album is a song tiled “Seventh String”, which encapsulates the various musical dimensions present on McCraven’s new album, a career-defining body of work that is a remarkable new peak for the already-soaring McCraven.

In These Times is a collection of polytemporal compositions inspired as much by broader cultural struggles as McCraven’s personal experience as a product of a multinational, working class musician community. It’s the recording that he’s been trying to create for 7+ years, as it’s been consistently in process in the background while he’s put forth a prolific run of releases including: In The Moment (2015), Highly Rare (2017), Where We Come From (2018), Universal Beings (2018), We’re New Again (2020), Universal Beings E&F Sides (2020), and Deciphering the Message (2021). With contributions from over a dozen musicians and creative partners from his tight-knit circle of collaborators – including Jeff Parker, Junius Paul, Brandee Younger, Joel Ross, and Marquis Hill – the music was recorded in five different studios and four live performance spaces while McCraven engaged in extensive post-production work at home. Featuring orchestral, large ensemble arrangements interwoven with the signature “organic beat music” sound that’s become his signature, the album is an evolution and a milestone for McCraven, the producer. But moreover, it’s the strongest and clearest statement we’ve yet to hear from McCraven, the composer.




Makaya McCraven Upcoming Live Dates:
June 30 – July 2 – Montreal Jazz Fest – Montreal, QB
July 6 – Copenhagen Jazz – Copenhagen, DK
July 7 – Warsaw Jazz Days – Warsaw, PL
July 8 – North Sea Jazz Fest – Rotterdam, NL
July 9 – Kongsberg Jazz – Kongsberg, NO
July 16 – DOUR Festival – Dour, BE
July 19 – Jazz en La Costa – Granada, ES
July 20 – Teatro Trento Jazz – Trento, IT
July 21 – Casa del Jazz – Roma, IT
July 22 – Musiques en été – Geneva, CH
July 24 – Odysseus Festival – Helsinki, FI
July 30 – Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI
July 31 – Central Park SummerStage, New York City, NY

August 2 – Salt Shed – Chicago, IL
August 5 – OFF Festival – Katowice, PL




October 15 – Chan Center for the Arts – Vancouver, BC
October 17 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
October 19 – Fox Theater – Boulder, CO
October 21 – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR
October 23 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
October 25 – Earshot Jazz Festival – Seattle, WA
October 27 – Kuumbwa Jazz Center – Santa Cruz, CA
October 29 – Musical Instrument Museum – Phoenix, AZ
October 30 – Jazz Is Dead @ The Lodge Room – Los Angeles, CA




November 4 – JazzOnze+ Festival – Lausanne, CH
November 5 – C2C Festival – Torino, IT
November 7 – CBE – Cologne, DE
November 8 – Domicil – Dortmund, DE
November 9 – J.A.W. – Berlin, DE
November 10 – Enjoy Jazz – Mannheim, DE
November 12 – Moods – Zurich, CH
November 13 – LaFabrika – Prague, CZ
November 14 – Müpa – Budapest, HU
November 16 – Trabendo – Paris, FR
November 17 – PAARD – The Hague, NL
November 18 – Islington Assembly Hall – London, UK
November 19 – SuperSonic Jazz at Paradiso – Amsterdam, NL