Kamasi Washington - The Epic
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2015 Ratings: #14 / 776
Year End Rank: #16
User Score
Based on 480 ratings
2015 Ratings: #12
May 5, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Brainfeeder / Label
Jazz Fusion / Genres
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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.


What The Epic does come to sound like, over the course of its significant running time, is a generational intervention—an educational tool that widens the definition of styles that fall under "jazz classicism."

Drowned in Sound

This is wonderful stuff ... Whether you absorb it song by song, disc by disc, or as one huge suite, Washington is reaching for the epic on every scale.

The Guardian

Dedicated to bringing jazz to the uninitiated, Epic features soul and gospel vocals, boiling drumming, swing, funk, and voicelike free-jazz blowing.

Rolling Stone
To be sure, it's a jazz album, as much about tradition as expanding it, informed by Coltranes (John and Alice), Miles Davis fusions, bebop and more; yet it's clearly shaped by crate-digger funk and film scores, hip-hop collage and gospel.
You think it's too long? aahh, shaddup. Kamasi Washington just gave you 3 hours of pure magic. Be grateful, ya wieners
(100) Masterpiece

The title wasn’t lying, this album is truly one of the most epic albums of all time, it’s like the To Be Kind of Jazz, sure it’s a long listen and might be tough to listen to, but do not this from letting you check out this album, each song is a journey of its own, and it brings such an unique atmosphere that no other Jazz album in the last decade had. Rarely does it feel like it drags out, this album to me is what To Be Kind is to Brad, it’s a ... read more
I got a little intimidated trying to decide what should be my 100th review. Instead, I elected to relisten to and re-review a three hour jazz record. Makes sense. Doesn't count.

What astounds me about The Epic is that, even at its incredibly daunting runtime, this album is absolutely perfect for someone who may have little to no experience with jazz. It serves as an introduction in terms of calling back to the sound of classic jazz while simultaneously updating that sound and making it sound ... read more
It can be said that "The Epic" by Kamasi Washington is not adapted to his time and the public. In 2015, a three-hour jazz record on Brainfeeder is a commercial suicide. Yet, with "The Epic", the bandmaster has released one of the best albums of the year 2015. An album that makes us understand all his influence on some artist of the indie scene. If you liked the latest Flying Lotus album and if you loved the jazzy influences of Kendrick Lamar's TPAB, you have to know that ... read more
"ok, this is [the] epic" - Ben Shapiro when asked what this album was
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Track List

  1. Change of the Guard
  2. Askim
  3. Isabelle
  4. Final Thought
  5. The Next Step
  6. The Rhythm Changes
  7. Miss Understanding
  8. Leroy and Lanisha
  9. Re Run
  10. Seven Prayers
  11. Henrietta Our Hero
  12. The Magnificent 7
  13. Re Run Home
  14. Cherokee
  15. Clair de Lune
  16. Malcolm's Theme
  17. The Message
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Added on: May 1, 2015