“My two-steps-from-sexagenarian ass is old enough to know all the avant funk-jazz sources of [Kamasi] Washington and company’s aesthetic (Horace Tapscott, Sanders, Tyner, The Crusaders, Stanley Cowell, Strata East, Black Jazz) so The Epic couldn’t reach my ears as a spiritual, political and musical revelation. But it has been fascinating nonetheless to witness young friends raised on beatific 90s neosoul and randy Southern hiphop proclaim The Epic as Their Joint, their preferred raise-up-in-the-morning-and-stay-politically-woke music.”
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