The Epic (album)

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The Epic
Kamasi Washington The Epic.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 5, 2015 (2015-05-05)
StudioKingsize Soundlabs
(Los Angeles, California)
GenreJazz
Length173:36
LabelBrainfeeder
ProducerKamasi Washington
Kamasi Washington chronology
Light of The World
(2008)
The Epic
(2015)
Harmony of Difference
(2017)
Singles from The Epic
  1. "Re Run Home"
    Released: March 10, 2015
  2. "Miss Understanding"
    Released: April 8, 2015

The Epic is the major-label debut studio album by American jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington. It was released on May 5, 2015, through the Brainfeeder record label.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic83/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound8/10[3]
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork8.6/10[5]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[6]

Upon its release, The Epic received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 83, which indicates "universal acclaim", based on 7 reviews.[1] AllMusic critic Thom Jurek described the album as "21st century jazz as accessible as it is virtuosic -- feel matters to Washington," and further wrote: "Holistic in breadth and deep in vision, it provides a way into this music for many, and challenges the cultural conversation about jazz without compromising or pandering."[2] Russell Warfield of Drowned in Sound described the album as "wonderful stuff," further stating that the record "deserves a high score by any standards of evaluation."[3]

The Guardian critic John Fordham, who was positive in his assessment of the album, wrote: "Only a shortage of thematic surprises – given its extravagant length – keeps it from being quite the seismically jazz-changing departure that some admirers are claiming."[4] Seth Colter Walls of Pitchfork awarded the album with "Best New Music" tag, stating: "The Epic actually makes good on its titular promise without bothering to make even a faint-hearted stab in the direction of fulfilling its pre-release hype."[5]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
The Guardian The Best Albums of 2015 2015
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2015 2015
10[8]
Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2015 2015
Stereogum The 50 Best Albums of 2015 2015
The Wire Releases of the Year 1–50 2015

Track listing[edit]

CD[edit]

All tracks written by Kamasi Washington, except where noted.

Volume 1: The Plan
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Change of the Guard" 12:15
2."Askim" 12:34
3."Isabelle" 12:12
4."Final Thought" 6:31
5."The Next Step" 14:48
6."The Rhythm Changes"
  • Patrice Quinn
  • Washington
7:45
Total length:66:05
Volume 2: The Glorious Tale
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Miss Understanding" 8:46
2."Leroy and Lanisha" 9:24
3."Re Run" 8:19
4."Seven Prayers" 7:35
5."Henrietta Our Hero"
  • Quinn
  • Washington
7:13
6."The Magnificent 7" 12:48
Total length:54:05
Volume 3: The Historic Repetition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Re Run Home" 14:06
2."Cherokee"Ray Noble8:14
3."Clair de Lune"Claude Debussy11:07
4."Malcolm's Theme"8:40
5."The Message" 11:11
Total length:53:18

Personnel[edit]

  • Kamasi Washington — tenor saxophone, band leader
  • Miles Mosley — acoustic bass
  • Ronald Bruner, Jr. — drums
  • Tony Austin — drums
  • Thundercat — electric bass
  • Brandon Coleman — keyboards
  • Dwight Trible — lead vocals
  • Patrice Quinn — lead vocals
  • Leon Mobley — percussion
  • Cameron Graves — piano
  • Ricky Washington — soprano saxophone
  • Ryan Porter — trombone
  • Igmar Thomas — trumpet

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (2015) Peak
position
US Billboard Heatseekers[12] 6
US Billboard Independent Albums[13] 18
US Billboard Jazz Albums[14] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 145

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI)[16] Platinum 20,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Epic by Kamasi Washington". Metacritic. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Kamasi Washington - The Epic". AllMusic. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Warfield, Russell (May 5, 2015). "Kamasi Washington- The Epic". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Fordham, John (June 18, 2015). "Kamasi Washington: The Epic review – a spectacular new jazz odyssey". The Guardian. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Walls, Seth Colter (May 8, 2015). "Kamasi Washington - The Epic". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  6. ^ Hermes, Will (June 2, 2015). "The Epic". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  7. ^ "The Best Albums of 2015". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. December 2, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  8. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2015". Pitchfork. December 16, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  9. ^ "Albums of the Year 2015". roughtrade.com. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
  10. ^ "The 50 Best Albums Of 2015". stereogum.com. 2015-12-01. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
  11. ^ "2015 Rewind: Releases of the Year 1–50". The Wire. No. 383. London. January 2016. p. 32 – via Exact Editions. (subscription required)
  12. ^ "Kamasi Washington- Heatseekers chart". Billboard. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  13. ^ "Kamasi Washington- Independent Albums chart". Billboard. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  14. ^ "Kamasi Washington - Jazz Albums chart". Billboard. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  15. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 2016 Albums". Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  16. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Kamasi Washington; 'The Epic')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 23 December 2018.

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