Take Art: here's our track of the day from the upcoming Deciphering The Message, the flute and guitar-flavoured groove of Makaya McCraven on 'Frank's Tune' (aka 'De’Jeff’s Tune') with joining beatmaker McCraven guitarist Jeff Parker and flautist De'Sean Jones. The piece draws from the Blue Note vaults on the 'Introduction by Art Blakey' from the At The Jazz Corner of the World, Vol. 1 (Blue Note, 1959), 'Art Blakey Announcement' At The Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 2 (Blue Note, 1955) and 'Frank's Tune' from the Jack Wilson Easterly Winds (Blue Note, 1968) albums. 'De’Jeff’s Tune' courtesy of the consummate touch of Parker points that titular easterly instead in a warm Wes-erly direction, me hearties. Chicago pianist Wilson (1936-2007) on the Frank Strozier tune was with trumpeter Lee Morgan, trombonist Garnett Brown, altoist Jackie McLean, double bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Billy Higgins. (If you appreciate 'Frank' journey back for a further helping and hear the Boss Sounds! Shelly Manne & His Men at Shelly Manne-Hole Atlantic live version from 1966 when it was first recorded.)
The Chicago drummer and producer's remix album digs deep into the greatest treasures of recorded jazz, in other words, the Blue Note vaults, with among others his take on such classics as 'A Slice Of The Top' from the Hank Mobley album of the same name, 'Sunset' from Kenny Dorham album Whistle Stop, 'When Your Lover Has Gone' from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers album A Night in Tunisia and 'Wail Bait' from The Memorial Album by Clifford Brown.
McCraven known for In The Moment (2015), Universal Beings (2018) and his We're New Again remixing of Gil Scott-Heron's I'm New Here which came out last year, is the son of legendary Archie Shepp drummer Steve McCraven. Makaya is also known for his collaborations with UK sax star Nubya Garcia for example remixing the saxist's now Mercury nominated Source title track.
Makaya says: “When piecing everything together, I wanted to create a narrative that made the listener feel like they were falling into this space or a movement. I was really trying to make a record out of it, not just a series of 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.'' Deciphering The Message is out on 19 November. Makaya McCraven, top. Photo: Blue Note