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The Epic

by Kamasi Washington

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Lovdahl, Ian personally, The Epic is one of the greatest albums of the last decade. huge fan since day 1, i've wanted to own this vinyl for, wow, almost 7 years now. and it just occured to me that i wrote a gushing review of The Epic while free-freelancing for MSU's radio station. Washington's debut has made a lifelong fan outta me, and although one could argue the follow up Heaven and Earth is the better record, i'm extremely partial to this wonderful big band spiritual fusion craziness. one of the best. Favorite track: Askim.
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Kafka963 Fabuleux! Les voix présentes dans certains extraits sont excellentes. Du grand jazz! Favorite track: Re Run.
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    Includes 2 x 12" poster inserts featuring exclusive artwork by KC Woolf Haxton and story adaptation and calligraphy by Kenturah Davis.

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Askim 12:34
Isabelle 12:12
Re Run 08:19
Re Run Home 14:05
Cherokee 08:14
The Message 11:08


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... more
released October 2, 2015

Recorded at King Size Sound Labs. Engineered by Tony Austin, Chris Constable and Brian Rosemeyer. Mixed by Benjamin Tierney. Mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Marcussen Mastering.


released May 11, 2015

Kamasi Washington - Tenor Saxophone
Ryan Porter - Trombone
Igmar Thomas - Trumpet
Cameron Graves - Piano and Organ
Brandon Coleman - Keyboards, Organ and Piano
Miles Mosley - Acoustic Bass and Electric Bass
Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner - Electric Bass
Tony Austin - Drums
Ronald Bruner - Drums
Leon Mobley - Percussion
Patrice Quinn - Lead Vocal
Dwight Trible - Lead Vocal
Robert Miller - Drums on 'Cherokee'
Shaunte Palmer - Trombone on 'Henrietta Our Hero'
Todd Simon - Trumpet on 'Henrietta Our Hero'
Neel Hammond - Violin
Tylana Renga Enomoto - Violin
Paul Cartwright - Violin
Jennifer Simone - Violin
Lucia Micarelli - Violin
Molly Rodgers - Viola
Andrea Whitt - Viola
Artyom Manukyan - Cello
Ginger Murphy- Cello
Dawn Norfleet - Choir Vocal
Thalma de Freitas - Choir Vocal
Maiya Sykes - Choir Vocal
Gina Manziello - Choir Vocal
Patrice Quinn - Choir Vocal
Natasha F Agrama - Choir Vocal
Dwight Trible - Choir Vocal
Steven Wayne - Choir Vocal
Taylor Graves - Choir Vocal
Charles Jones - Choir Vocal
Jason Morales - Choir Vocal
Dexter Story - Choir Vocal
Cameron Graves - Choir Vocal
Tracy Carter - Choir Vocal

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