Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Kamasi Washington is set to drop his behemoth of a record via the boundary-defying Brainfeeder label on May 5th. Aptly titled The Epic, Washington’s forthcoming album features 172 minutes of music spread across three volumes with a 32-piece orchestra and a 20-piece choir. Adding to the sheets of sound is a 10-piece band consisting of Thundercat (bass), Ronald Bruner Jr. (drums), Miles Mosley (bass), Tony Austin (drums), Brandon Coleman (keys), Cameron Graves (piano), Ryan Porter (trombone), and Patrice Quinn (vocals).

Kamasi Washington - 'The Epic'
 

We’ve had a chance to preview The Epic and it just might be one of the standout records of 2015 across all genres. That’s a pretty heavy statement considering that this year has yielded instant classic records like To Pimp A Butterflywhich happens to be an album that Washington also plays on. Brainfeeder label boss and super-producer Flying Lotus, who featured Kamasi Washington in Cosmogramma as well as his 2014 magnum opus, You’re Dead,  has this to say about the saxophonist:

“He just plays the craziest shit, man. I mean, everything – the past, present, the future. It’s hard to find unique voices in this music. Especially in jazz, more so lately, everybody is trying to do the same shit. I don’t want to hear ‘My Favorite Things’ anymore. What I am hearing is a leader among artists.”

Scroll down to listen to “Miss Understanding”– a small cut from Washington’s 172-minute album, The Epic. Pre-order the album via iTunes, Ninjashop, and/or Amazon. Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Kamasi Washington.

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