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Makaya McCraven's 'In the Moment' captures the spirit of Chicago jazz scene

New albums from Makaya McCraven, Maria Schneider offer a sense of place

Makaya McCraven, "In the Moment" (International Anthem) Home to a wealth of riches such as the Jazz Record Mart, the Green Mill and the ever-fertile Assn. for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Chicago's modern jazz scene continues to be one of the most vibrant in the country. Steeped in the sound of the city is 32-year-old McCraven, a drummer who has worked with a range of artists, including Archie Shepp, Marquis Hill and Marcus Strickland. For his sophomore outing, McCraven recorded 48 hours of improvised performances compiled during a residency at a club called the Bedford, calling on nine musicians and an array of configurations that McCraven stitched together into a...