Monday, December 28

The Epic - Kamasi Washington (2015)


"The Epic is saxophonist Kamasi Washington's aptly titled, triple-length, 172-minute debut album for Brainfeeder. He is a veteran of L.A.'s music scene and has played with Gerald Wilson, Harvey Mason, Flying Lotus, and Kendrick Lamar (his horn is prominently featured on To Pimp a Butterfly), to name but a few. Most of his bandmates have played together since high school, and it shows. There are two drummers (including Ronald Bruner), two bassists (including Stephen 'Thundercat' Bruner on electric), two keyboardists, trumpet, trombone, and vocals (Patrice Quinn). ... The Epic isn't fusion, retro, or remotely academic. It's 21st century jazz as accessible as it is virtuosic -- feel matters to Washington. Holistic in breadth and deep in vision, it provides a way into this music for many, and challenges the cultural conversation about jazz without compromising or pandering."
allmusic
Pitchfork (Video)
W - The Epic
amazon: The Epic
Guardian - Best albums of 2015: No 8 – The Epic by Kamasi Washington (Video)
YouTube: The Epic in Concert

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