The Epic (studio album) by Kamasi Washington

The Epic
The Epic by Kamasi Washington
Year: 2015
Release date: 2015-05-04
Overall rank: 641st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 439 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 2015 (11th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 2010s (92nd)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (641st)
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The Epic is ranked as the best album by Kamasi Washington.

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82/100 (from 439 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.0/100, a mean average of 81.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.3.

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From 12/16/2020 00:35
This is not the best jazz album of all time. Any Davis, Mingus, Coltrane, Fitzgerald, Ellington, or Armstrong have miles more influential albums and technically better albums. What those albums don't have are the amount of emotion that Washington puts into his composition. It's not the jazz playing, but the rest of the album that makes this my one of my favorite albums of all time. Of course, Kamasi demonstrates that he is one of the greatest saxophone players of all time in this as well.
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85/100
From 07/14/2020 11:55
The Epic is really epic it is so good I can hear in some tracks other good songs jazz classics though. This album is favorable and listenable. Recommend for jazz fans.
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From 05/01/2020 02:42
What a good trip. Kamasi is so special.
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90/100
From 06/17/2019 14:50
It can be said that "The Epic" by Kamasi Washington is not adapted to his time and the public. In 2015, a three-hour jazz record on Brainfeeder is a commercial suicide. Yet, with "The Epic", the bandmaster has released one of the best albums of the year 2015. An album that makes us understand all his influence on some artist of the indie scene. If you liked the latest Flying Lotus album and if you loved the jazzy influences of Kendrick Lamar's TPAB, you have to know that Kamasi Washington is the source of these albums. The emotions that come from"The Epic" are full of fascinating sincerity. Even if you did not know anything about jazz, "The Epic" is an essential project of the current music. It's a big record, in every sense of the word. It is a monster of technicality and emotion that awakens the consciences. I even want to say that it's a modern masterpiece, the best nu jazz record of all time.

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Best track: "Henrietta, Our Hero"
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85/100
From 10/07/2018 12:07
stupidly underrated. absolute masterpiece
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From 07/07/2018 19:10
Many solid, some virtuoso musicians, often performing passionately. Influences of spiritualism via the Coltranes and Pharoah Sanders and afrofuturism worn on the sleeve; retrograde structures closer to bop though and the soloists' technical range seems dated to around bop too. A shame that something which sounds about fifty years old is considered by some as the savior of jazz today. On the same level as Kenny G, improvising alone over a backtrack; as conservative but less talented than Wynton Marsalis, though branded differently. Often seems a frustrating roadblock for new listeners rather than a gateway because of the contention surrounding it. Absolutely maddening.
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70/100
From 02/24/2018 10:09
Questo trentenne (!) all'esordio suona un jazz contaminato ( Davis, Funkadelic, Sun Ra… ) e nel 2015 già non è usuale; lo ibrida quel tanto che basta col pop giusto per allontanare i puristi dalla puzza sotto il naso, senza paura di essere scomunicato dai morti viventi del mondo del jazz; infine, nell'era del mordi e fuggi riempie con la sua ( ottima ) musica un disco di quasi tre ore…
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From 10/06/2017 23:50
Such a joy to listen to, though I haven't had the change to listen to it all the way through. I did it in like 5 segments. Damn its big. Swans albums are the only thing I've seen come near this length
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90/100
From 09/29/2017 05:25
I haven't stopped listening to this since it came out. I think this album captures the spirit of people that love jazz more than jazz itself. I used to be part of a youth big band, and sometimes I felt that young musicians outperformed veterans even if they didn't have quite as much skill simply because of the passion of their playing. That's what many of the solos feel like; you could fault them for being too enthusiastic without the musical prowess to back them up, or you could be sucked up by the ecstasy. It's your choice, and with the right mindset, you can lose yourself in this one over and over.
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75/100
From 11/28/2016 18:24
Epic indeed! This is a magnificent musical journey. At three full CDs, you need to block out some time, but it's well worth it.
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