Heaven & Earth

Kamasi Washington

Heaven & Earth

  • Label: Young Turks
  • Catalogue number: YT176LP
  • Format: 5 x LP
  • Genres: Instrumental, Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Modal Jazz, Modern Jazz, Spiritual Jazz, Vocal Jazz
  • Origin: United Kingdom



Side 1
1. "Fists Of Fury" (Earth) (9:42)
2. "Can You Hear Him" (8:54)
Side 2
1. "Hub-Tones" (9:11)
2. "Connections" (8:23)
Side 3
1. "Tiffakonkae" (9:19)
2. "The Invincible Youth" (9:51)
Side 4
1. "Testify" (5:44)
2. "One Of One" (9:48)
Side 5
1. "The Space Travelers Lullaby" (Earth) (10:29)
2. "Vi Lua VI Sol" (11:06)
Side 6
1. "Street Fighter Mas" (5:57)
2. "Song For The Fallen" (12:40)
Side 7
1. "Journey" (8:51)
2. "The Psalmnist" (7:19)
Side 8
1. "Show Us The Way" (6:50)
2. "Will You Sing" (10:07)

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There's a growing feeling both inside and outside jazz that Kamasi Washington could well turn out to be one of the style's all-time greats. He's certainly making all the right moves, delivering thought-provoking concept albums of eyebrow-raising length that simply refuse to settle on one sound, rhythm, style or sub-genre. Heaven & Earth, his first album for almost three years, continues this trend, comprising angry instrumental answers to America's growing issues with class division and racism, Rotary Connection style workouts, Sun Ra-esque spiritual workouts, funk and soul-influenced burners, spiraling choral and orchestral affairs, and electric fusions of rubbery synth-funk and mind-altering jazz-blues. Typically, the results are never less than sublime, with Washington's virtuoso saxophone playing taking centre stage throughout.