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The most ambitious jazz album to arrive in ages, Los Angeles saxophonist/composer Kamasi Washington's debut clocks in at 174 minutes—with never a dull moment. While his flawless 10-piece band already packs a wallop, thanks to their doubled basses and drums, Washington embellishes them with a string section and angelic choir. Like his luminous playing on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, Washington solos with power and grace here. Versions of "Cherokee" and Terence Blanchard's "Malcolm's Theme" nod to jazz tradition, but it's originals like "Change of the Guard" that signal his truly epic aspirations.

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This is jazz at its finest!!! Excellent musicianship! Superb compositions! This music is so good that rather than buy on iTunes I ordered the physical CDs. Not a bad tune in the whole bunch. Can't wait to hear what else the West Coast Get Down has in their vault!

FAVORITE JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Brainfeeder has been churning some great stuff out this year. Kamasi is pushing jazz in a new way and I absolutely love it. Highlights: re run home, Miss understanding, and the WHOLE second disc. Insanity

Biography

Born: 1981 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Kamasi Washington didn't pick up a saxophone until he was 13 years old, but by that point, he'd been playing several other instruments. That's when he found his calling. Within a couple years, he was the lead tenor saxophonist at Hamilton High School Music Academy in his native Los Angeles. After graduation, he attended UCLA to study ethnomusicology. While enrolled at UCLA, he recorded a self-titled album with Young Jazz Giants, a quartet he had formed with Cameron Graves and brothers Ronald Bruner,...
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