\\ Kamasi Washington new track and music video for ‘Truth’
Kamasi Washington, the saxophonist who released his debut album The Epic in 2015 to critical acclaim, has released a new track and accompanying music video.
Truth is the first taste of Washington‘s upcoming EP The Harmony Of Difference. The track is the sixth and final movement from the release which will be released this Summer on the Young Turks label.
Truth continues Washington‘s signature nod to spiritual jazz. The track begins serenely on the piano with two chords, before majestic strings underpin an expansive choir. What separates it from The Epic though, is the space that Washington provides to build a sense of grandeur. Unlike Change Of The Guard – the popular opening track from Washington’s debut – Truth takes its time to expand, and goes further for it.
Truth continues Washington‘s signature nod to spiritual jazz. The track begins serenely on the piano with two chords, before majestic strings eventually underpin an expansive choir. What separates it from The Epic is the space that Washington provides to build a sense of grandeur. Unlike Change Of The Guard ― the popular opening track from Washington’s debut― Truth takes its time to expand, and goes further for it.
Truth features thirty instrumentalists, including a number of artists from The Epic; Terrace Martin (alto sax), Miles Moseley (double bass), Thundercat (electric bass). Washington’s father Rickey Washington plays flute. Six violinists, two cellists, and a nine piece choir― including Dexter Story ― also join Washington on Truth.
In true Kamasi fashion, the track clocks in at fourteen minutes ― triple album The Epic comes in at three and a quarter hours in length.
The video, directed by A.G. Rojas, features a sequence of narratives, with people wrestling (pictured above), crying (pictured below), dancing and kissing.
Of the upcoming EP Washington says, “My hope is that witnessing the beautiful harmony created by merging different musical melodies will help people realise the beauty in our own difference.”
It’s been a minute since we’ve heard new music from Kamasi Washington. He’s been touring the world with his band, featuring members of LA’s West Coast Get Down collective; Ronald Bruner Jr (brother to Thundercat) and Miles Moseley have both released albums since appearing on The Epic. Washington‘s father, Rickey Washington has also been performing on tour, playing flute and saxophones.
Washington is also recognised for his contributions to albums by Flying Lotus‘ You’re Dead (2014) and Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly (2015).
JS | Tina Edwards