16 Songs, 2 Hours 24 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kamasi Washington's triple-length 2015 breakout, The Epic, announced the L.A.-based tenor saxophonist and his West Coast Get Down crew as bold new voices in jazz—the type who could headline classic concert halls or indie rock festivals interchangeably. On this double-length, the Kendrick Lamar collaborator stays true to the big, sweeping sound that first garnered him such wide-ranging acclaim. With broad melodic gestures, lengthy vamps and expansive sonics, including a double rhythm section and frequent use of choir and orchestra, Heaven and Earth documents the maturing of Washington’s resolutely Afrocentric aesthetic. “Fists of Fury”, a reimagined Bruce Lee theme, leads off the first half (Earth) with a pronounced activist message (“our time as victims is over…”). The second half (Heaven) opens with “The Space Traveler’s Lullaby”, signalling a decisive turn toward spirituality and the cosmos.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Kamasi Washington's triple-length 2015 breakout, The Epic, announced the L.A.-based tenor saxophonist and his West Coast Get Down crew as bold new voices in jazz—the type who could headline classic concert halls or indie rock festivals interchangeably. On this double-length, the Kendrick Lamar collaborator stays true to the big, sweeping sound that first garnered him such wide-ranging acclaim. With broad melodic gestures, lengthy vamps and expansive sonics, including a double rhythm section and frequent use of choir and orchestra, Heaven and Earth documents the maturing of Washington’s resolutely Afrocentric aesthetic. “Fists of Fury”, a reimagined Bruce Lee theme, leads off the first half (Earth) with a pronounced activist message (“our time as victims is over…”). The second half (Heaven) opens with “The Space Traveler’s Lullaby”, signalling a decisive turn toward spirituality and the cosmos.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
22 Ratings
22 Ratings
markipp ,

Past, Present & Future

I get why jazz purists are troubled by KW’s approach, but this music is essential to advancing the form and Kamasi is brilliantly taking us there. Bravo!

mcgin 73 ,

It’s sounds ok I guess????

Not real jzzzzz

RelaxedMike ,

TRAVELLING......

This music takes us back yet begs us forward. What a journey! Had the day off and listened to the entire thing twice. Nostalgic yet contemporary. Just conjures up a lot of images and stories. Great Sound and great Music. Gotta be in the top 5 0r 10 Jazz recordings this year.

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