Kamasi Washington - The Epic
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2015 Ratings: #49 / 767
Year End Rank: #16
User Score
Based on 326 ratings
2015 Ratings: #16
May 5, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Brainfeeder / Label
Jazz Fusion / Genres
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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."


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.

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.
May 21, 2015
You think it's too long? aahh, shaddup. Kamasi Washington just gave you 3 hours of pure magic. Be grateful, ya wieners
Jul 11, 2018
Kamasi Washington and his band have created the greatest jazz record I have ever heard.
Jul 6, 2018
Jul 1, 2018
The title is self explanatory. Probably one of the best jazz albums of the decade. Kamasi's instrumentation fusing jazz with an uncanny understanding of chamber music and traditional soul is a three hour adventure of the 21st century Iliad.
Jun 27, 2018
It is EPIC, and uncanny in this day and age. Dazzling, hypnotic, and extremely exciting, when many jazz records can feel like a crawl. I mean, this is a crawl in other ways, but if you take it track by track, which I did, Kamasi's talents and distinctive features really shine, and each track is a rush of energy and color. Heaven & Earth would later expand on his individual character, but this stands as a great homage to the greats and black excellence in general.

fave tracks: Final ... read more
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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
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, philthy

Added on: May 1, 2015