Jazz drummer Makaya McCraven has unveiled his version of the late Gil Scott-Heron’s 2010 song, “Where Did the Night Go.”
McCraven’s rework features an edited version of Scott-Heron’s original spoken-word vocals over woodwind melodies and drumbeats. The song also features a sample of the Stephen McCraven Quartet’s “Silhouette of Eric.”
The reworked version of “Where Did the Night Go” is the first taste of McCraven’s forthcoming album, We’re New Again, which reimagines Gil Scott-Heron’s final LP, I’m New Here.
According to press materials, We’re New Again features samples from McCraven’s improvised live sessions with Chicago jazz musicians, as well as vintage samples from recordings by McCraven’s parents, who were also musicians.
McCraven isn’t the first artist to reimagine Scott-Heron’s I’m New Here. Back in 2011, Jamie xx released a remixed version of the record titled We’re New Here.
McCraven’s We’re New Again is due out February 7 via XL Recordings. While you wait, listen to “Where Did the Night Go” below: