Kamasi Washington & Miles Mosley – MK 1

It’s amazing to see what Flying Lotus and his Brainfeeder label pulled off with the release of the Kamasi Washington debut album. When was the last time someone made the kids listen to a jazz album?

With “The Epic” finally available, the guys at Kinda Neat put out a new podcast episode talking to the L.A. saxophonist and the video above features a live improvisation that serves as a great teaser.

Kamasi Washington – Re Run Home

Like with his own music, Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label avoids being stuck into a particular box. It has never been the L.A. beat scene thing that some people might have hoped for (and others might have feared.) The Martyn album seemed like an unusual choice at first, and definitely the jazz record by the late Austin Peralta. In retrospective it all makes sense and it’s exactly what makes good label great: to avoid the obvious and to surprise its listeners, helping them to think outside the box.

So here we are, less than two months away from the Brainfeeder’s second jazz record, the debut album by saxophonist and You’re Dead collaborator Kamasi Washington. This first track from “The Epic” was revealed to the world today and there’ll be 16 more when it drops on May 4th, 2015. And that’s far more than it might sound like, as the album stretches over three discs and runs for 172 minutes. Watch out!

Update: Also, don’t sleep on this video from a live performance by the Kamasi Washington Octet in L.A.

Introducing The Gaslamp Killer Experience

Already famous for his wonderful work with fellow Los Angeles natives including the extended Brainfeeder family, Stones Throw Records, or Low End Theory, photographer Theo Jemison produces this video about Gaslamp Killer. Starting with an interview clip with the parents, the video centers a live performance at LA’s Mayan Theatre with a line-up including the likes of Dexter Story, Kamasi Washington, Amir Yaghmai and the Killer himself.

Kamasi Washington Dectet – The Message

It’s been a long busy week with hardly any time near my laptop, so there has been surprisingly few articles lately. Music-wise I’ve been on a jazz tip with Joe Henderson and Alice Coltrane giving the best of company. Now I’m back at the computer, but I still can’t let go off the jazz.

To be honest, I haven’t heard about saxophonist Kamasi Washington until half an hour ago, but I much enjoyed this live performance of his ten piece band at LA’s Blue Whale in the video. Among the band are familiar faces such as Steve Bruner aka Thundercat and his brother Ronald on drums.