50 Best Songs of 2017

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41. Kamasi Washington, "Truth"

"So much of the political climate these days has put so much negative energy toward our differences, I wanted to write something that celebrated them," Kamasi Washington, the leader of jazz's new old school, told The Beijinger. "So I wrote five songs that each sound like they come from entirely different places." This ambitious, cinematic 13-minute suite is their collision, a labyrinth of themes and melodies with a small choir and 21 players, chaos crescendoing into beaming explosions of spiritual jazz.

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