The music that makes up Harmony of Difference, Kamasi Washington's first EP of note since the release of acclaimed 2015 album The Epic, was premiered live as a "six-track movement" earlier this year. The "suite" - here stretched across both sides of an essential 12" - sees Washington continue to explore the idea of what it means to be black in America in the 21st century. Musically, the EP contains some of his smoothest and most laidback compositions yet, with all his musical collaborators being on fine form. The headline attraction is undoubtedly 14-minute flipside "The Truth", an almost operatic jazz epic full of swelling choral contributions, fizzing drum solos, rising horns and, of course, plenty of Washington's distinctive saxophone.
Scratchandsniff, Andrew Pirie (Melting Pot), Mukatsuku Records Chart, Phillie P (Ice City Rec), Dom Servini, RUSTAM OSPANOFF., Tom Central, * Record Breakin' Music *, ISOUL8 (Volcov), Juno Recommends Jazz, Jazzman/Juke Box Jams/Soul/Jazz45, Andrea Passenger, The Jazz Meet, Appian, Gavin Boyd (Soul Has No Tempo), Chubby, Kalita Records
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