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Heaven and Earth / Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth

Young Turks

With "Heaven and Earth" Kamasi Washington picks up where "The Epic" left off. Like "The Epic" this is a triple lp filled with orchestral arrangements, a angelic choir and an array of talented musicians from his hometown of Los Angeles. The title reflects Kamasi's view into the world and it's potential vs it's struggle. "Fists of Fury" is transformed from a Bruce Lee soundtrack to an anthem for justice that features Dwight Trible among others on vocals. "Hub Tones" is a blistering cover of a Freddie Hubbard original that features Chris Gray on trumpet. There's plenty of notable Kamasi compositions as well. "Vi Lua Vi Sol" is a soft melodic tune that features Branden Coleman on keys and the vocoder. Trombonist Ryan Porter applies warm solos as well. "One Of One" is another fiery tune that brings it all together. A climatic arrangement supported by the choir, a strong rhythm section and blistering horns from Washington and Gray. Simply another superb release from a rising star who shows no signs of slowing down

Reg Dancy, 08/18