Editors’ Notes This innovative Chicago drummer latches onto a strong concept, compiling a year's worth of full-band improv sessions and editing them into lean, potent forms. Consequently, tracks tend to jump right into the groove and run short. Funk and hip-hop's rhythms abound, like the loose shuffle of "The Drop," but so do soul-jazz textures and occasional hints of post-rock, when Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker guests (see “On the Spot"). As a composer, McCraven has a way with the steady build: During “The Jaunt,” check out the momentum he builds with bass, vibes, guitar, and saxophone.

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Exploration Intro
1
1:23
 
The Jaunt
2
2:42
 
Slightest Right
3
3:05
 
First Thing First
4
12:07
 
Lonely
5
4:39
 
Gnawa
6
1:59
 
On the Spot
7
2:28
 
Butterscotch
8
2:39
 
Tomtom
9
2:42
 
Three Fifths a Man
10
4:21
 
In the Moment
11
4:50
 
Quartz
12
3:43
 
Just Stay Right There
13
2:42
 
Untitled
14
3:13
 
Requests
15
2:52
 
Time Travel
16
4:17
 
The Encore
17
5:37
 
The Drop
18
2:07
 
Finances
19
6:07
 

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