[Recorded 1/19/16] - On this recording, contemporary tenor saxophonist and jazz extraordinaire Kamasi Washington played songs from his acclaimed full-length (three-disc!) debut, The Epic, at Room 17 in Brooklyn. Washington, a 36-year-old Californian, has already established himself as a skilled saxophonist, composer and producer, counting collaborations with jazz icons Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter among his early accomplishments, not to mention solo sets at Bonnaroo, Coachella and Electric Forest.
Like many great jazz musicians before him, Washington has broken the barriers of the genre, expanding its sound into the realms of hip hop and electronica with appearances on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and Flying Lotus’s You’re Dead!. In addition to his near three-hour The Epic in 2015, Washington’s solo work includes an EP released last year, Harmony of Difference.