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  • Summary: The two-disc release from the jazz drummer/producer was recorded in four different cities (Chicago, London, Los Angeles and New York) with musicians including Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Anna Butterss, Daniel Casimir, Dezron Douglas, Nubya Garcia, Ashley Henry, Shabaka Hutchings, Josh Johnson,The two-disc release from the jazz drummer/producer was recorded in four different cities (Chicago, London, Los Angeles and New York) with musicians including Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Anna Butterss, Daniel Casimir, Dezron Douglas, Nubya Garcia, Ashley Henry, Shabaka Hutchings, Josh Johnson, Carlos Niño, Jeff Parker, Junius Paul, Tomeka Reid, Joel Ross, and Brandee Younger. Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. Oct 29, 2018
    81
    The tracks on this album coalesce and morph, more than they progress. They get more traction from a good drone than from an elegant harmonic resolution. There’s a process of real-time exchange and dynamic micro-attunement that only jazz musicians can achieve, but not many of the cathartic peaks you might expect from a jazz performance. What matters is a vibe.
  2. Oct 29, 2018
    80
    This is eclectic, bold, inventive, masterfully played music conceived with a refreshing sense of curiosity and wonder at the potential of sound to invigorate the spirit. Fans of BADBADNOTGOOD should cue up to have their minds blown by this profoundly deep fusion of jazz, world music and hip-hop sensibilities.
  3. The Wire
    Oct 29, 2018
    80
    Universal Beings is heady and refined. [Nov 2018, p.58]
  4. Mojo
    Oct 29, 2018
    80
    Warrants deep exploration. [Nov 2018, p.95]
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