Our buds over at Logan Hardware record store just turned us on to this album and oh man we are really diggin it! Its out on the International Anthem Recording Company which is a pretty new Chicago label that focuses on releasing and promoting progressive music.
On In The Moment Makaya McCraven cuts and remixes 48 hours of live improvised recordings from his 2013 residency at the Bedford in the Ukrainian Village here in Chicago. It features some of Chicago's finest musical experimenters like Jeff Parker, Joshua Abrams, Matt Ulery, Justefan, Tony Barba and more. Yet you can't deny the connection to hip hop here, some tracks like the album closer Finances and The Jaunt are not only catchy as hell but also beg for someone to pick up the mic and throw down. Improvised music can be a hard pill to swallow sometimes but McCravens' skillful and careful production presents a very catchy and cohesive experience that still holds on to live and intimate vibe. This fresh and approachable look at the Chicago avant jazz scene is a must have!