In These Times

Makaya McCraven - In These Times
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2022 Ratings: #19 / 598
User Score
Based on 22 ratings
Liked by 5 people
September 23, 2022 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jazz / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Uncut
There’s a tenderness to the way he puts the instruments in conversation with one another, drawing out Younger’s harp and Macie Stewart’s melancholy violin solo. That’s ultimately what makes this record so powerful, even if you’re not familiar with its touchstones: by colliding the past with the present, McCraven makes a point of making progress.
90
Exclaim!

It works wonderfully camping on a relaxed beach or in the most ostentatious concert venue, worthy of rigorous intellectual inspection yet just as easy to get high and chill to ... It gives something wholly original to the culture in a way similar to what Will 'Quantic' Holland did when he launched the Quantic Soul Orchestra in 2003.

90
AllMusic

In These Times accumulated an arresting abundance of ideas, sounds, textures, and styles. The album is its own jazz labyrinth, and as such is destined for repeated listening and startling discovery.

80
Mojo

Where his breakthrough LPS deftly shaped improvisations into compositions, In These Times reverses the trick - adding textural depth and layer upon layer of intrigue to McCraven's emotionally-charged meditations on life and identity.

80
Loud and Quiet

In These Times is a sumptuous record that really cements Makaya McCraven’s place at the vanguard of worldwide jazz.

TheCarioca
92

In These Times - 5/5 ❤
The Fours - 4/5
High Fives - 4/5
Dream Another - 5/5 ❤
Lullaby - 5/5 ❤
This Place That Place - 5/5 ❤
The Calling - 4/5
Seventh String - 5/5 ❤
So Ubuji - 5/5 ❤
The Knew Untitled - 4/5
The Title - 5/5 ❤

90

Immaculate. Who knew odd time signatures were cool and fun? Me. I did. Why does the FLUTE go so HARD? Thank you Makaya McCraven, very cool!

Shout out to Seventh String cuz I would have literally never discovered this if that track wasn’t so AMAZING! Even knowing that it’s the best track on the album doesn’t even land as criticism for me because the bar was set so unbelievably high.

Dream Another and The Fours, while not as good as the lead single in my opinion, are still ... read more

100

SwEEEEEEEEEEEEET

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Track List

1In These Times
7:09
100
2The Fours
3:26
88
3High Fives
3:39
83
4Dream Another
3:12
98
5Lullaby
3:33
98
6This Place That Place
3:56
92
7The Calling
1:47
88
8Seventh String
3:05
100
9So Ubuji
3:01
99
10The Knew Untitled
4:27
82
11The Title
3:57
92
Total Length: 41 minutes
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Added on: June 21, 2022