Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington



Kamasi Washington (born February 18, 1981) is an American jazz saxophonist, composer, producer, and bandleader. Washington is known mainly for playing tenor saxophone.[1] He received widespread acclaim for his 2015 album The Epic.



Harmony of Difference
Harmony of Difference is an album by musical artist Kamasi Washington, released on September 22, 2017.
Truth is a song by musical artist Kamasi Washington, released on April 13, 2017.
The Epic
The Epic is the debut studio album by American jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington.
Light of the World
Light of the World is overall third album by American jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, credited on the cover as dedicated to Roland Edwards Jr and generally concerning spiritual and Christianity-related subjects.

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Dig This Look at the History of Jazz Slang
  –  December 27, 2017
The good people at NPR’s Jazz Night in America have got your back. In this video, jazz musicians like Wayne Shorter, Kamasi Washington, and Sherman Irby take us through jazz slang, which has a long and rich history. Jazz slang gets its roots from post ...
UG Awards: Top 25 Songs of 2017
  –  December 26, 2017
We are presenting you with the list of songs which were released this year. Starting the list is "Truth" by American saxophonist Kamasi Washington. This brilliant jazz piece comes as a sixth and last track from his 2017 album "Harmony of Difference."
The best albums of 2017, No 1: St Vincent – Masseduction
  –  December 22, 2017
Pills starts out as a demented playground chant and bows out with a sultry sax solo by Kamasi Washington. Sugarboy is a frantic cyborg-disco number that is eventually swallowed by an avalanche of noise. The faux-funk of Savior, meanwhile, climaxes with a ...
The 15 best albums of 2017 – and a few that just missed out
  –  December 21, 2017
But whereas they were full of kaleidoscopic Flying Lotus beats and Kamasi Washington jazz-funk jams, Damn reminds you how great the man himself is at simply spitting verses; from the deeply personal to incendiary social commentary. The XX — I See You The ...
Features | Quietus Charts | It Ain’t That Deep Either Way: 2017’s Best Pop
  –  December 21, 2017
‘Deathless’ – featuring a raging sax solo from Kamasi Washington – is an anthem of resilience for young women of colour, chronicling Lisa’s racial-profiling and arrest as a teenager. ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ pulsates with Ibeyi’s deity-level energ
How was it for you? Des O'Driscoll's highlights from 2017
  –  December 21, 2017
Young Fathers were my highlight of the Electric Picnic and really are an awesome live force. I saw Kamasi Washington at the NCH, but even he was overshadowed by Kenny Garrett and his band at the Everyman for the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. If I was ...
Spirettes, Sleigh Bells and more new and noteworthy
  –  December 20, 2017
Kamasi Washington, The Harmony of Difference Kamasi Washington, The Harmony of Difference (Young Turks) – The avant-garde jazz musician follows up his massive box set, The Epic, with a 30-minute six-part suite accompanied by color miniatures of his ...
The 10 best songs of 2017
  –  December 19, 2017
Kamasi Washington – Truth The various themes floating through the first five tracks of Kamasi Washington’s latest EP, Harmony of Difference, culminates into “Truth,” a gorgeous piece of art showing that even differences can work together to create ...
The year in review: The top 10 albums that marked the end of the pop monopoly
  –  December 19, 2017
For those who say jazz is dead and have yet to hear saxophonist Kamasi Washington, here is your formal introduction. Harmony of Difference is only six tracks, a far cry from his nearly three-hour-long 2015 album The Epic. But it’s all Washington needs.
Let Us Now Praise Pharoah Sanders, Master of Sax
  –  December 16, 2017
The three works here are both of their time (“Sun in Aquarius”) and ahead of their time, as Sanders has helped shape the sound, vision, and sensibility of Kamasi Washington, who has cited Sanders’s Karma as an influence. And that slight pivot away ...
Quincy Jones QWEST TV, 'The Netflix of Jazz,' to Launch Today
  –  December 15, 2017
With support from musicians such as Questlove, Erykah Badu, Gilles Peterson, Marcus Miller, Gregory Porter, Kamasi Washington, Chucho Valdes, Zakir Hussain and many more, Qwest TV's objective is to increase the popularity of jazz, highlighting its ...
Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, and Christian Scott Announce Jazz Supergroup
  –  December 15, 2017
In addition to Sounds of Crenshaw Vol. 1, the jazz album Martin released as The Pollyseeds with frequent collaborators Kamasi Washington and Problem, he helped write Lamar and Rihanna’s “LOYALTY.,” led the production process for YG’s next ...
The 25 best songs of 2017, ranked
  –  December 14, 2017
Kamasi Washington, a modern jazz legend, pulls out all the stops on "Truth," the 13-minute, climactic masterpiece of his "Harmony of Difference" EP. With its pleasant guitar and piano, ghostly choral background vocals, and wailing horns, the track sounds ...
Review: Pharoah Sanders LPs Resurrect Key Work by Spiritual-Jazz Godfather
  –  December 14, 2017
What's behind the boom? And that idea still resonates today. It's the driving force, for example, behind the music of breakout saxist Kamasi Washington, whose entire approach – large band, long songs, spirituality to spare – feels like the second ...
Lemuria releasing new LP this week (hear a song), tell us their top LPs of 2017
  –  December 14, 2017
Listen below. We also asked Alex Kerns what his top 10 albums of 2017 were, and he sent us a list that includes Lorde, Kamasi Washington, Cayetana, Run the Jewels, Pissed Jeans, The Menzingers, Aimee Mann and more. Check out his full list below.
Two Reissues on the Jazz Dispensary Label Are a Blast from Jazz’s Past
  –  December 13, 2017
It’s a marvelous album, strange and spiritually exploratory in a way that music seems to have backed away from—although the musicians in the new West Coast school of jazz (epitomized by figures like Kamasi Washington) have obviously spent hours with ...
Saxophonist and jazz composer Kamasi Washington to play the Georgia Theatre
  –  December 6, 2017
Saxophonist and jazz composer Kamasi Washington will play at the Georgia Theatre on Dec. 6. Washington recently released his new EP, “Harmony of Difference,” which he said didn’t take quite as long to record as his debut album “The Epic.”
‘Snoop Dogg was cartwheeling down the hallway’ – funk-jazz maestro Thundercat on his many musical collaborators
  –  November 22, 2017
As a live prospect, he’s on another level. Recently, his records have started to make a splash too; and with collaborators including Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington and Childish Gambino, he’s destined for even bigger things in the future. We caught ...
Robert Randolph to Join Kamasi Washington in New York
  –  November 17, 2017
Robert Randolph will sit in with Kamasi Washington during his performance at New York’s Terminal 5 on Wednesday, November 22. Washington has also recently confirmed that Break Science will open the pre-Thanksgiving performance This evening Washington ...
Kamasi Washington pours jazz into hip-hop and beyond
  –  November 7, 2017
Kamasi Washington has been the recipient of some heavy accolades in recent years — “the future of jazz” and “the jazz voice of Black Lives Matter,” among them. The saxophonist with the imposing frame, towering Afro and flowing African tunics was ...
The week's best Twin Cities jazz: Kamasi Washington, Ella Fitzgerald tribute
  –  November 7, 2017
Vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway has thrived in cabaret and on Broadway, while also writing hits for Barbra Streisand and the theme for TV’s “The Nanny.” She can be rollicking and rawboned. Or she can cup a ballad with wistful restraint. She comes to ...
Kamasi Washington’s ‘Harmony Of Difference’ Has The Potential To Change How The World Sees Jazz
  –  October 5, 2017
Normally, when you get a song stuck in your head, it’s due to a catchy melody or a hooky pop chorus that just worms its way into the back of your brain, popping up every few minutes so that you catch yourself humming a few bars or muttering the handful ...
Kamasi Washington on 'To Pimp a Butterfly': 'That Record Changed Music'
  –  October 3, 2017
According to saxophonist Kamasi Washington, it was a formula that continues to have a far-reaching impact not only in hip-hop, but the entire industry. "That record changed music, and we’re still seeing the effects of it," Washington told Pitchfork.
Kamasi Washington on the Music That Made Him a Jazz Colossus
  –  October 3, 2017
If you asked random strangers in this Culver City, Calif. café to look around the room and select the man who’s repeatedly been called “the future of jazz,” Kamasi Washington would be the No. 1 draft choice. He looks like Sun Ra reborn as a lineman ...
Kamasi Washington: bridging the gap between jazz and pop
  –  September 29, 2017
The worlds of jazz and popular music can seem a long way apart. One screams art, the other commerce. Jazz’s emphasis on improvised soloing might be forbidding to anyone who prioritises hooks and choruses. But Kamasi Washington is one jazz musician whose ...
Kamasi Washington reveals new Harmony of Difference EP: Stream/download
  –  September 29, 2017
Today, Kamasi Washington returns with a new EP, Harmony of Difference. Apple Music and Spotify users can stream it in full below. The follow-up to 2015’s The Epic and first release for label Young Turks features six songs that celebrate the idea of contrast.


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