Okay so it's only late April but Kamasi Washington's "The Epic" is thus far the front runner (and by a wide, wide margin) for jazz album of 2015. This epic (no pun intended) three CD release by the LA based tenor saxophonist and composer is filled with music that spans the entire history of modern jazz. The first thing that grabs one's attention is Washington's great compositional sense with each song telling a musicial story in the best jazz sense. Starting with a carefully laid out melody statement each song then transistions to a long series of overlapping solos only to return at the end to the melody. Along the way the songs feature great playing by Washington's core ten piece group, West Coast Get Down, with many of the songs also featuring a 32-piece orchestra and a 20-person choir. Washington's tenor playing is remenisant of Coltrane's spiritual style of playing but fortunately Washington's musical skills are strong enough to make his sound his own. The rest of the core also shines with the two drummers (Tony Austin (right side) & Ronald Bruner (left side)), two brass players (Ryan Porter - trombone & Igmar Thomas - trumpet), two bass players (Miles Mosley - acoustic bass & Stephen Bruner - electric bass), an excellent piano player (Cameron Graves) and a seperate keyboard player (Brandon Coleman). In spite of the large ensemble the sound is full and clear and does not overwhelm. The use of the orchestra and choir is tastefully done and enhances, rather than detracts from, the music. Here's a blog post about "The Epic": http://soundcolourvibration.com/2015/03/18/the-evolution-of-jazz-in-present-times-kamasi-washington-announces-3-disc-debut-lp-for-brainfeeder-the-epic-music-news/ Instead of trying to describe in words the sound of the wonderful music here are few sample to give you a taste of what has me so excited: As always - Enjoy responsibly!