Kamasi Washington - The Epic
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Based on 6 reviews
2015 Ratings: #48 / 770
Year End Rank: #16
User Score
Based on 366 ratings
2015 Ratings: #16
May 5, 2015 / Release Date
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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.
You think it's too long? aahh, shaddup. Kamasi Washington just gave you 3 hours of pure magic. Be grateful, ya wieners
Fantastic debut album from Kamasi Washington. If he hadn't already proved his capability and musical skills from his past collaborations with Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar, in The Epic, there is so much talent and relevancy that it is impossible to overlook. This record is massive in both lenght and content, and, despite its mammoth almost 3-hour duration, there is so much inside each one of the amazing 17 tracks that it's possible to get lost in every single one of these, with all the ... read more
Kamasi Washington le hace honor al titulo de The Epic, con un material extenso de 3 horas, tres horas de intenso, glorioso e imponente jazz.

Obviamente al ser un material tan largo, no todo este material me quedó pegado en la cabeza, pero sin dudas hay momentos en estos tres álbumes que me cautivaron, al punto de querer entrar más en esto, como la manera en que Kamasi lleva su sonido, con grandes lineas de saxo, una muy acabada producción y un exclente mix entre ... read more
This is — ironically — epic.
One album, three discs, each one so well-composed and built, with songs that go from improvisation to the best-made composition of a jazz album in that decade.
This album really is an Epic. For as long as it is, there's no other jazz album that can grab my attention and keep me engaged quite like this one. Really memorable motifs, great instrument playing, precise orchestration and variety in tempo.
Absolutely exhilarating live.

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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