LISTEN As Newcomer Jazz Musician, KAMASI WASHINGTON Chats With All Access About His Debut Full-Length Album, “The Epic”, The Future of Jazz and More!
Posted On 14 Sep 2015
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Meet the LA-based saxophonist, composer, production editor and band leader, Kamasi Washington. According to Rolling Stone magazine, this is one musician that you need to know about this year!!
His earliest tunes can first be heard on Flying Lotus’ “You’re Dead” and Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly”. His debut full-length album, “The Epic” was released early this summer and its a three-disc, 173 minutes of beautiful lush music.
Together, with his band, the West Coast Get Down, they spent a month recording, working 10 to 12 hours a day, every day, resulting in, what Washington claims is eight individual solo projects, nearly 200 songs and two terabytes of music. The three-disc Epic, the first album released from the sessions, is 17 songs trimmed from 45.
“The hardest part was shrinking it down,” he says. “The 17 songs kind of became the complete sentence of what I wanted to put out. Any song that I take out, then I’m missing something.”
All Access writer, Leah Adams recently down to chat with Kamasi all about his album, “The Epic” and much more. Enjoy!