Album Review: Deciphering the Message by Makaya McCraven
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Pitchfork - 74 Based on rating 7.4/10
By the time Blue Note gave Makaya McCraven access to their archives to use as the foundation for his new album, the self-proclaimed "beat scientist" had already been swimming in it for years. The catalog is so essential to the jazz canon--and McCraven's style in general--that he had already worked with some of the tracks, like trumpeter Kenny Dorham's 1961 hard bop tune "Sunsets. " The theme persists throughout Deciphering the Message; McCraven is not just exploring Blue Note's catalog, but his own relationship with it.