Kamasi Washington - The Epic - 2015 Spiritual Jazz 180 Grm 3LP

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Kamasi Washington - The Epic

Cat. #: BF050
Format:3 × Vinyl, LP, Album, 180g
Notes: 3 x black 180g 12" in artworked 3mm spined sleeves all housed in a rigid board outer slipcase. Half speed cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering.
Includes 2 x 12" poster inserts featuring exclusive artwork by KC Woolf Haxton and story adaptation and calligraphy by Kenturah Davis
Download MP3 Code sticker on sleeve of Volume 1 - The Plan

P & C Brainfeeder 2015
Made in the EU

Country: UK, Europe & US
Genre: Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style:Fusion, Contemporary Jazz, Psychedelic, Soul-Jazz


Volume 1 - The Plan

A1 Change of the Guard
A2 Isabelle
A3 Final Thought

B1 The Next Step
B2 Askim

Volume 2 - The Glorious Tale

C1 The Rhythm Changes
C2 Leroy And Lanisha
C3 Re Run

D1 Miss Understanding
D2 Henrietta Our Hero
D3 Seven Prayers
D4 Cherokee

Volume 3 - The Historic Repetition

E1 The Magnificent 7
E2 Re Run Home

F1 Malcolm's Theme
F2 Clair De Lune
F3 The Message

Companies, etc.

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Brainfeeder
Copyright (c) – Brainfeeder
Mastered At – Marcussen Mastering
Recorded At – Kingsize Soundlabs
Lacquer Cut At – Alchemy Mastering


Acoustic Bass – Miles Mosley
Cello – Artyom Manukyan, Ginger Murphy
Choir – Charles Jones (13), Dawn Norfleet, Dexter Story, Gina Manziello, Jason Morales (2), Maiya Sykes, Natasha F Agrama*, Steven Wayne , THALMA de FREITAS, Taylor Graves , Tracy Carter
Drums – Robert Miller (tracks: D4), Ronald Bruner*, Tony Austin
Electric Bass – Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner
Keyboards, Organ, Piano – Brandon Coleman
Lead Vocals, Choir – Dwight Trible
Lead Vocals, Choir, Artwork [Additional] – Patrice Quinn
Percussion – Leon Mobley
Piano, Organ, Choir – Cameron Graves
Tenor Saxophone – Kamasi Washington
Trombone – Ryan Porter, Shaunte Palmer (tracks: D2)
Trumpet – Igmar Thomas, Todd Simon (tracks: D2)
Viola – Andrea Whitt, Molly Rogers
Violin – Jennifer Simone, Lucia Micarelli, Neel Hammond, Paul Cartwright, Tylana Renga Enomoto

Kamasi Washington reaches back to the 60s jazz greats for inspiration, then puts his own style right on it. Hands down the best jazz album of 2015. Lives up to the hype.

For those of you coming to know jazz by way Kendrick Lamar's new album, which KW plays on (as does Robert Glasper),

The Epic is a 172-minute, three-volume set that includes a 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and 17 songs overlaid with a compositional score written by Washington. Pulsing underneath is an otherworldly ten-piece band, each member of which is individually regarded as among the best young musicians on the planet – including bassist Thundercat and his brother, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., bassist (yes, there are two) Miles Mosley, drummer Tony Austin (of course there are two), keyboard player Brandon Coleman, pianist Cameron Graves, and trombonist Ryan Porter. Patrice Quinn’s ethereal vocals round out the ensemble

Three cuts: Askim, Re Run, and The Message, are the best showcase, in my opinion, of what makes this album worthy of the accolades this work has received..

After opening to a dramatic piano solo, he captures an old world mood in the bluesy Clair de Lune.

. Kamasi Washington clearly loves Patrice Quinn's vocalizations and they are killer! on " The Rhythm Changes" and " Henrietta Our Hero"

Some fusion elements are here. Kamasi Washington has clearly heard and re-purposed Pat Metheny's modal progressions on The Next Step.... The Next Step, which features smooth progressive movements that seem to carry through the narrative of his thoughts in a relatable way but without the need for words

and has harnessed the ethos of early-electric Miles Davis in Seven Prayers but the heavy lifting was channeled into Re Run (and Re Run Home). Here a simple bass line defines the composition in a way that reminds me of R&B hits like All Night Long (Mary Jane Girls), Risin' To The Top (Keni Burke) and Ascension (Maxwell). Well played, Kamasi!

The story begins with a man on high. He is an old man, a warrior, and the guardian to the gates of a city. Two miles below his mountainous perch, he observes a dojo, where a group of young men train night and day. Eventually, the old man expects a challenger to emerge. He hopes for the day of his destruction, for this is the cycle of life.

Finally the doors fly open and three young men burst forth to challenge the old master. The first man is quick, but not strong enough. The second is quick, and strong, but not wise enough. The third stands tall, and overtakes the master. The Changing of the Guard has at long last been achieved.

But then the old man wakes up. He looks down at the dojo and realizes he’s been daydreaming. The dojo below exists, but everyone in training is yet a child. By the time they grow old enough to challenge the old man, he has disappeared.

This is, in essence, both a true story and a carefully constructed musical daydream, one that will further unfold in May of 2015, in a brazen release from young Los Angeles jazz giant, composer, and bandleader Kamasi Washington. The Epic is unlike anything jazz has seen, and not just because it emanates from the boundary-defying Brainfeeder, which isn’t so much a label in the traditional sense as it is an unfurling experiment conducted by the underground producer Flying Lotus.


The band are all from Los Angeles, mostly South Central, and its members – who call themselves variously “The Next Step” and the “The West Coast Get Down” – have been congregating since they were barely teenagers in a backyard shack in Inglewood. Washington, 32, has known Bruner since he was two. The rest met, at various stages, by the time they were in high school. The hours they have put into the music, playing together and practicing alone, total cumulatively in the tens of thousands.

"Nothing compares to these guys," says Barbara Sealy, the former West Coast director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, who has championed Kamasi and his compatriots from the beginning. “I challenge any group to go out on stage with them and see if they can keep up with it... Kamasi is at the top of his game, and only getting better.” “These young guys,” the rapper Common says, “remind me of why I love music.”

And the story The Epic tells, without words but rather through some combination of magic, mastery, and sheer force of imagination, is the story of Kamasi Washington and the Next Step and their collective mission: to remove jazz from the shelf of relics and make it new, unexpected, and dangerous again. They seek to both honour and alter tradition: as The Epic’s opening track announces, they are the “Changing of the Guard”. The sound can be felt like flames, sometimes waving in the coziness of a fireplace, in other moments sweeping everything around like a backdraft. But Kamasi is always in control of the burning.

“He just plays the craziest shit, man. I mean, everything — the past, present, the future,” Flying Lotus says, whose family lineage includes one of Washington’s direct musical forebears, John Coltrane. “It's hard to find unique voices in this music. Especially in jazz, more so lately, everybody is trying to do the same shit. I don't want to hear ‘My Favorite Things’ anymore… What I am hearing is a leader among artists.”

Kamasi Washington - Change of the Guard

| Jazz Night in America

...Genius musicians

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Kamasi Washington - Re Run Home

Live on KCRW

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Kamasi Washington & the Next Step - The Rhythm Changes
2013-12-30 The World Stage, Liemert Park

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Kamasi Washington / Patrice Quinn - The Rhythm Changes

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Kamasi Washington / Patrice Quinn - Henrietta Our Hero

Most powerful song... love the vocals

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Kamasi Washington - The Message'

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Kamasi Washington - Askim

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Condition New
Format 3LP, 180 Gram
Label Brainfeeder
Color Black