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2010s In Review

The 20 Best Jazz Albums Of The 2010s

Where jazz is concerned, the 2010s could be divided almost precisely in half: BK (Before Kamasi) and AK (After Kamasi). The burly LA saxophonist's triple…
Phil Freeman | January 9, 2020 - 8:53 am

2010s In Review

The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s

A decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it's only in hindsight that we define them, that…
Stereogum | November 4, 2019 - 8:32 am

2018 In Review

The 10 Best Jazz Albums Of 2018

The last few years have been a wild time to be a jazz fan. On the one hand, legendary players and crucial figures in the…
Phil Freeman | December 11, 2018 - 1:00 pm

More Kamasi Washington stories

Kendrick Lamar & Dave Free Launch “At Service Company” pgLang

What the hell is pgLang? According to promo materials released today, it's "a new multi-lingual, at service company" founded by Kendrick Lamar and Dave Free,…
Chris DeVille | March 5, 2020 - 2:15 pm

2010s In Review

The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s

A decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it's only in hindsight that we define them, that…
Stereogum | November 4, 2019 - 8:32 am

Kamasi Washington Ends Vienna Show After One Song Because Security Assaulted His Father

Kamasi Washington ended his show in Vienna, Austria last night after only one song because he says a security guard at the venue assaulted his…
Peter Helman | July 9, 2019 - 5:17 pm

2018 In Review

The 50 Best Albums Of 2018

The legends, for the most part, stayed quiet in 2018. Your Radioheads, your Beyoncés, and your Kendrick Lamars were not entirely silent; Thom Yorke, Johnny…
Stereogum | December 4, 2018 - 10:00 am

Watch Sampha Perform With Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, serpentwithfeet, & Kelsey Lu On Corden

If you're gonna be on a late-night show, why not bring your cool friends along with you? That's basically what Sampha did for his appearance…
James Rettig | November 30, 2018 - 9:50 am

Sounding Board

Flow 2018 Offers A Diverse, Gratifying Answer At The End Of Festival Season

There are a lot of festivals that happen later in the year, but often it feels like a last gasp for the summer season by…
Ryan Leas | August 13, 2018 - 12:56 pm

Brandon Coleman – “Giant Feelings” (Feat. Patrice Quinn & Techdizzle) Video

Brandon Coleman, aka "Professor Boogie," plays in Kamasi Washington's band, and beyond that, he's worked with everyone from Flying Lotus to Childish Gambino to Shuggie…
Peter Helman | July 19, 2018 - 11:35 am

Stream Kamasi Washington’s Heaven & Earth Bonus Disc The Choice

Many of us first met Kamasi Washington through The Epic, a massive, three-hour triple album of truly epic jazz that looked to the genre's past…
Peter Helman | June 29, 2018 - 11:26 am

Ugly Beauty

Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – June 2018

I had been planning to attend the Vision Festival, which had an absolutely amazing lineup this year, in Brooklyn last month, but had to abandon…
Phil Freeman | June 22, 2018 - 2:28 pm

Straight To Video

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Right now, as you're reading this, I am en route to Los Angeles, to work on a very strange and exciting freelance assignment that I'm…
Tom Breihan | June 22, 2018 - 11:18 am

Stream Kamasi Washington’s New Album Heaven And Earth

"I appreciate being considered an important part of a [jazz] lineage that I really believe in, and beyond that I don’t get too caught up…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | June 22, 2018 - 12:03 am

Kamasi Washington – “Street Fighter Mas” Video

On Friday, the young jazz great Kamasi Washington will release his massive, sweeping double album Heaven And Earth. It is tremendous, and you should absolutely…
Tom Breihan | June 20, 2018 - 10:17 am

Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: Kamasi Washington Heaven And Earth

For decades, a small subset of jazz musicians has mistakenly believed that chasing R&B and pop trends represents a path to commercial success. In reality,…
Phil Freeman | June 19, 2018 - 1:31 pm
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