The Epic

by Kamasi Washington

Original Release Date: 2015-05-04

The Epic

The most ambitious jazz album to arrive in ages, Los Angeles saxophonist/composer Kamasi Washington’s debut clocks in at 174 minutes—with never a dull moment. While his flawless 10-piece band already packs a wallop, thanks to their doubled basses and drums, Washington embellishes them with a string section and angelic choir. Like his luminous playing on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, Washington solos with power and grace here. Versions of “Cherokee” and Terence Blanchard’s “Malcolm’s Theme” nod to jazz tradition, but it’s originals like “Change of the Guard” that signal his truly epic aspirations.


  1. Volume 1 - The Plan
  2. Change Of The Guard (12:16)
  3. Isabelle (12:13)
  4. Final Thought (06:32)
  5. The Next Step (14:49)
  6. Askim (12:35)
  7. Volume 2 - The Glorious Tale
  8. The Rhythm Changes (07:44)
  9. Leroy And Lanisha (09:24)
  10. Re Run (08:20)
  11. Miss Understanding (08:46)
  12. Henrietta Our Hero (07:14)
  13. Seven Prayers (07:36)
  14. Cherokee (08:14)
  15. Volume 3 - The Historic Repetition
  16. The Magnificent 7 (12:46)
  17. Re Run Home (14:06)
  18. Malcolm’s Theme (08:41)
  19. Clair De Lune (11:08)
  20. The Message (11:09)

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Kamasi Washington - ‘Change of the Guard’

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Format Vinyl 3× LP (180g), Box Set Album
Label Brainfeeder
Catalog Number BF050
Notes - 3 x black 180g 12" in artworked 3mm spined sleeves all housed in a rigid board outer slipcase. - Half speed cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering. - Includes 2 x 12" poster inserts featuring exclusive artwork by KC Woolf Haxton and story adaptation and calligraphy by Kenturah Davis - Download MP3 Code sticker on sleeve of Volume 1 - The Plan - Black sticker on shrink wrap (front) - White BC sticker on shrink wrap (rear) On rear box: P & C Brainfeeder 2015 Made in the EU
Discogs URL Kamasi Washington - The Epic