Even if you’ve never heard the name Kamasi Washington, you’ve probably already heard his music. The 34-year old saxophonist is featured on much of Kendrick Lamar’s groundbreaking album To Pimp a Butterfly as well as Flying Lotus’ Your Dead! Most West Coast jazz fans know Washington but the name may not ring a bell to East Coasters. Washington’s debut album The Epic was released in early May and the title isn’t hyperbole. It’s almost three-hours and features more than 30 musicians and singers including famed jazz-fusion bassist Thundercat. The albums spans nearly every style of jazz from avant-garde free form jazz, to hard bop and funk, to ballads. The Epic is already one of the most important jazz records of the 2000s.
Washington and his band take the stage at World Cafe live this Thursday. Get tickets here. If you’re a jazz fan then you won’t want to miss this show, and if you’re a hip-hop fan go and find out what most of your favorite rappers are listening to.
Pour yourself a hot cup of coffee and listen to some hot jazz, or, pour yourself an iced coffee and listen to this ice-cold funky jazz. Either way it works. You dig?
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