CD Review: Kamasi Washington "The Epic"

Saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington, enjoying wider visibility thanks to appearances on recent albums by Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and Stanley Clarke, unveils his own musical philosophy in this three-hour jazz-meets-psychedelic- meets-neo-soul explosion of virtuosity.
By Jon D'Auria ,

Saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington, enjoying wider visibility thanks to appearances on recent albums by Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and Stanley Clarke, unveils his own musical philosophy in this three-hour jazz-meets-psychedelic- meets-neo-soul explosion of virtuosity. The ferociously funky Thundercat and experimental upright commander Miles Mosley, right at home in such far-out territory, have a major hand in controlling the heart and soul of this pivotal jazz album.