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Kamasi Washington – Heaven And Earth

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Kamasi Washington arrived on the international jazz scene from Los Angeles with a bang after the release of 2015’s three-disc, three-hour The Epic. While he’d been around for a decade, playing with Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar — whose To Pimp a Butterfly he arranged and played on — the mammoth project turned him into jazz’s perceived savior almost overnight. But he understood his own mission remarkably well and has remained undaunted by the hype. His second, double-length long-player Heaven and Earth was announced via tweet: “The Earth side.represents the world as I see it outwardly, the world that I am part of. The Heaven side.represents the world as I see it inwardly, the world that is a part of me.” Washington reassembled his Next Step band — which includes bassists Miles Mosely and Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, drummers Ronald Bruner, Jr. and Tony Austin, trombonist Ryan Porter, pianist Cameron Graves, keyboardist Brandon Coleman, and vocalist Patrice Quinn — supplemented by a jazz orchestra, West Coast Get Down, a symphony orchestra, and choir. Heaven and Earth is a major dose of Afro-Futurism. Earth opens with a killer cover of the theme from Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury, retitled in plural here. Quinn and Dwight Trible duet on lead vocals backed by a soaring, sweeping choir atop a cooking Latin jazz groove complete with montunos from Graves and a raw-boned solo from Washington (who is on fire throughout). The other cover is a funky take on Freddie Hubbard’s “Hub-Tones,” with layers of propulsive Latin rhythms. Dontae Winslow’s jagged trumpet solo cuts across the mix before Washington’s tenor answers. Of the originals, “Connections” is a space jazz embrace of hard bop and 20th century West Coast jazz, with great solos from Porter and Winslow, while “Testify” owes as much to Caribbean grooves and soul as jazz

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