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The Epic (album) by Kamasi Washington

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The Epic
The Epic by Kamasi Washington (2015)
Release date: 2015-05-04
Overall rank: 1,117th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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82/100 (from 388 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 2015 (14th)
Award Top albums of the 2010s (127th)
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The Epic is ranked as the best album by Kamasi Washington.

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From Kurtco 3 days ago
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.

9/10

Best track: "Henrietta, Our Hero"
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stupidly underrated. absolute masterpiece
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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
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 JulianR
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
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 Fischman
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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From Graeme2
Believe the hype. At times very intense and others absolutely joyous. The great thing about it is you don't have to be a member of the jazz club to get on board. Its just great music at the end of the day.
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It really is a lot to take in. Still, it's nice to hear a modern jazz album that can be spoken of in the same breath as some of the classics. The great thing about this album is that there's always something new to hear with each listen. Good stuff.
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Tremondous album that befits the title. As great as it is Kamasi and his equally great collaborators are best experienced live. Saw him some weeks ago and blew the roof off. Fascinating to hear their stories amongst the music as many of the band members have known each other since they were 3,4 years old. Not to be missed if they hit your town.
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