- Record Label: Young Turks
- Release Date: Jun 22, 2018
- Summary: The second full-length release for the Los Angeles jazz saxophonist features contributions from Tony Austin, Ronald Bruner, Jr., Brandon Coleman, Cameron Graves, Terrace Martin, Miles Mosley, Patrice Quinn, and Thundercat.
- Record Label: Young Turks
- Genre(s): Jazz
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Positive: 21 out of 22
Mixed: 1 out of 22
Negative: 0 out of 22
Jun 21, 2018After claiming his place in the spotlight by overwhelming force with The Epic, Kamasi Washington capitalizes on both his newfound fame and his journeyman work ethic to produce a follow-up that’s more intimate and just as daring at the same time.
Jun 21, 2018The music is at turns bewildering, cathartic and questioning throughout; there is no separation. An exceptional record from one of the music world's brightest talents.
Jun 22, 2018Heaven and Earth is a lengthy album, and one that refuses to shortchange the listener. There is a wealth of ideas on the table here. It takes a musician, composer, and arranger of Washington's caliber to take these ideas and form them into a brilliant collection of performances.
Jun 20, 2018On Heaven and Earth there’s a balance between big-stroke conceptualism--the first CD, “Earth,” is meant to represent worldly preoccupations; the second, “Heaven,” explores utopian thought--and the workmanlike reality of collaboration. The two collections don’t vary significantly in terms of sound; instead, they’re a testament to the sturdy rapport of Mr. Washington’s ensemble.
Jun 22, 2018Heaven and Earth is more a refinement of the ideas expressed on The Epic than an entirely new paradigm. There is less wandering, more focus, more inquiry and directed movement, as well as an abundance of colorful tonal and harmonic contrasts.
Jun 20, 2018Despite the sheer weight of material on offer you’ll struggle to find an inch of fat. With its forward-thinking, deep-searching nature counterbalanced by a natural warmth and populist, groove-heavy approach, it’s another hugely accomplished work by a man whose prolific run of form shows no signs of abating.
Jun 21, 2018A sprawling, eclectic set that ranges from the slightly tepid to the truly transcendent.
Positive: 2 out of 2
Mixed: 0 out of 2
Negative: 0 out of 2
Sep 10, 2018Powerful, moving instrumentation. That's the core of this album, as it was with with The Epic. Kamasi continues to provide music for an eraPowerful, moving instrumentation. That's the core of this album, as it was with with The Epic. Kamasi continues to provide music for an era that may not actually realize how special he really is. If you know... you know.… Expand
Oct 28, 2018A sprawling jazz beast of an album, as a whole listening experience it's not one for the unacquainted. That said, even if your not massiveA sprawling jazz beast of an album, as a whole listening experience it's not one for the unacquainted. That said, even if your not massive into the jazz fusion thing this is still a great listen if you take it in smaller chunks. This a record you could have on in the background all night and never get fed up of yet at the same time you'd be hard pressed to pick out a particular highlight apart from maybe "Street Fighter Mas" on the second disc. For someone who doesn't particularly like jazz, I really enjoyed this record and will no doubt get plenty of pleasure from it going forward.… Expand
Published: December 22, 2018We reveal the 40 highest-scoring album releases of the year, as well as some of 2018's bests and worsts in other music categories.
Published: November 26, 2018Over the next month, we'll be collecting year-end top 10 album lists from over 200 music critics, publications, record stores, and other sources. Find all of the individual lists and 2018's consensus rankings inside.
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