A 34-year old American saxophonist, Kamasi Washington rose from a difficult LA hood, to now affirm himself as one of the most promising musician of his generation, with the recent release of a debut LP that should leave a lasting mark on the long history of Jazz music.
The Epic's genesis is an intense 2011 month-long recording session with his friends from the West Coast Get Down band. From spiritual ballads, to groovier parts with vocalists to Pharoah Sanders-like furious musical riots, his sax leads a 20+ musicians pack in an almost 3-hour long journey, that takes you away, far away. And who else than Alice Coltrane's nephew, Flying Lotus, and his groundbreaking Brainfeeder label, could host such a cosmic effort? A perfect match.
So, make some room on your iphone/ipod/whatever, because, Jazz fan or not, I guarantee this fascinating one will durably eat some memory space!
Extracts below, but this one is a long-haul album experience, "single culture" freaks beware!