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Review: Makaya McCraven and band roar through the Blue Note catalog at Jazz Showcase

After creating a rough cut for each track, McCraven sent them along to his own trusted collaborators to record overdubs: bassist Junius Paul, trumpeter Marquis Hill, guitarists Jeff Parker and Matt Gold, saxophonists De’Sean Jones and Greg Ward, and vibist Joel Ross. Then, McCraven reconfigured the tracks one more time with the new recorded parts. In his multidimensional imaginings, an opening piano hook could become the motor underpinning the whole track (like his take on “When Your Lover Has Gone,” off Blakey and the Jazz Messengers’ “A Night in Tunisia”) or melody and changes could flip-flop in prominence, leading to unexpected vistas (like his cruising-speed “Autumn in New York,” derived from guitarist Kenny Burrell’s 1958 version and fittingly re-christened “Spring in Chicago”).

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