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Kamasi Washington, 'The Epic'

Kamasi Washington, 'The Epic'

We SayPart of an exploding network of L.A. visionaries, Kamasi Washington is the sax-wielding jazz guru on recent masterpieces by Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus. Now he's made one of his own — a three-disc debut on FlyLo's label with a 10-piece band, plus choir and strings. To be sure, it's a jazz album, as much about tradition as expanding it: It's clearly shaped by crate-digger funk and film scores, hip-hop collage and gospel.

Learn More: 10 New Artists You Need to Know: Kamasi Washington

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