Kamasi Washington - The Epic
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2015 Ratings: #30 / 742
Year End Rank: #16
User Score
Based on 297 ratings
2015 Ratings: #14
Your Review



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
Feb 24, 2016*
among the best jazz albums of the decade so far, easily.
Dec 8, 2015
'The Epic' gets a lot of hate from jazzheads for its derivative nature, but you should still find a decent amount of enjoyment from this if you go into the album in a more traditional sense. It is in no way the savior of modern jazz or the second coming of Christ. It's got some incredible performances and it's three hours long and that's all there is to it. Personally, I like my jazz to be a bit more raw and not as grandiose. The parts where it gets all spiritually intense with the backing ... read more
Jan 19, 2018
Music shouldn't be a chore. Listening to this album was a chore. I don't even remember any of it
Dec 20, 2017
Worth a listen
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