September 13, 2015 – 5:02 am

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The Epic Launch
Los Angeles 2015 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Regent Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; April 4, 2015; broadcast September 9, 2015. Very good stereo webcast.

Saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington, 34, has been working on releasing his now three-CD, nearly three-hour, choir-and-strings-assisted album The Epic for the better part of five years now. Even longer, if you consider how long his 10-piece working band has known each other: most of its members, known collectively as The Next Step or The West Coast Get Down, have known each other since at least high school decades ago in South Central Los Angeles and, in some instances well before that. Even as their diverse careers have made it difficult to focus exclusively on this band - Washington is, for instance, the saxophone player heard on the new Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar albums - they’ve all continually committed to experimenting with a brand of jazz that resonates with their own generation’s lived experience.

The concert was the entirety of The Epic (four-hour plus). This BBC ‘Jazz on 3′ excerpt is only about an hour long.

Click here to watch the NPR broadcast of the concert (about two hours).

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Thanks to tom_phillips for sharing the show at Dime.

tom_phillips noted:

A very dramatic sounding broadcast… it isn’t the usual crystal clear, BBC recording but a heavily peak limited/compressed US recording although still sounding very good.

Thanks also to unclewolfi for the artwork.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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BBC ‘Jazz on 3′ 320k AAC > i-Sound (44.1k wav)
Edit details (Nero 8 unless indicated):
Removed most of the announcer
Increased music level +2dB above announcements
Increased overall volume +4dB
Added flac tags (Tag & Rename)
Flac 6 + SBE / decode check (TLH)

Track 00. announcement 0:27 (760k)
Track 01. Askim - Part A 7:55 (13.3MB)
Track 02. Askim - Part B 9:54 (16.6MB)
Track 03. Miss Understanding - Part A 4:30 (7.6MB)
Track 04. Miss Understanding - Part B 11:58 (20.1MB)
Track 05. Seven Prayers 8:25 (14.1MB)
Track 06. Changing Of The Guard - Part A 7:59 (13.4MB)
Track 07. Changing Of The Guard - Part B 10:02 (16.9MB)
Track 08. Station announcer 0:19 (530k)
62 mins

The tracks - Askim, Miss Understanding and Changing Of The Guard - have been arbitrarily split for easier access.

The Next Step: Kamasi Washington (saxophones); Ryan Porter (trombone); Dontae Winslow (trumpet); Patrice Quinn (vocal); Cameron Graves (piano); Brandon Coleman (keyboards); Miles Mosley (upright bass); Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner (electric bass); Tony Austin (drums); Ronald Bruner (drums); Leon Mobely (percussion)

String and Choir Conductor: Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

String Section: Paul Cartwright (violin); Tylana Renga (violin); Jim Simone (violin); Molly Rogers (viola); Andrea Witt (viola); Ginger Murphy (cello); Atryom Manukyan (cello)

Choir: Charles Jones; Dawn Norsleet; Mashica Winslow; Nia Andrews; Steven Wayne; Taylor Graves; Thalma de Freitas

Click here to order The Epic.

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  2. Hi thank you for this excellent recording..
    keep up the great work x

    By michael tai on Aug 31, 2016

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