Album:Harmony of Difference
Artist: Kamasi Washington
Release Date: September 29, 2017
I don’t listen much to jazz, especially contemporary jazz, but a streaming music account means there’s no excuse to not try new things. The new EP by the hot saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington brings together 6 pieces in about 30 minutes of running time. There’s a lot of retro feeling to this music, with nods to Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” 60’s Brazilian bossanova, and 70s funk fusion. The EP culminates with the 15-minute piece “Truth” which brings back and mixes together themes from the other five pieces. Washington’s music has a sound that would be suited to scoring films although it’s also a bit too “smooth jazz” for my taste.