“Sophomore Album: Heaven and Earth” with Kamasi Washington Album Review

May 22, 2018

Senior Writer: Kamilah McLeod

June 22, is the official release date of Kamasi Washington’s Sophomore Album Entitled: Heaven and Earth. This is what Kamasi Washington said in regards to the concept of this highly anticipated album. 

“The world that my mind lives in, lives in my mind.’’ This idea inspired me to make this album Heaven and Earth. The reality we experience is a mere creation of our consciousness, but our consciousness creates this reality based on those very same experiences. We are simultaneously the creators of our personal universe and creations of our personal universe. The Earth side of this album represents the world as I see it outwardly, the world that I am a part of. The Heaven side of this album represents the world as I see it inwardly, the world that is a part of me. Who I am and the choices I make lie somewhere in between.”

16 songs, 2 hours and 24 mins worth of immeasurable greatness orchestrated through the perfect blends of Jazz instruments and vocals from the cosmos. Washington convened his band, The Next Step, as well as members of the long running collective The West Coast Get Down at Henson Studios in Los Angeles to record the 16 tracks on Heaven and Earth. 

The music was composed, written and arranged by Washington, with new arrangements of jazz and bebop legend Freddie Hubbard’s “Hubtones” and iconic kung fu film theme “Fists of Fury,” as well as one song by bandmate Ryan Porter. Thundercat, Terrace Martin, Ronald Bruner, Jr., Cameron Graves, Brandon Coleman, Miles Mosley, Patrice Quinn, Tony Austin and many more contribute to the album. Each song takes you on a journey rather it’s on Earth or in the Heaven’s. Washington expresses through his instrument the current times on Earth and dares to take us on a journey to the future of a better world. This album was truly the product of a musical genius.

There’s no limit, to what Kamasi Washington can create musically. He continues to amaze and draw in crowds of all ages and all walks of life; his music continues to break down barriers. Heaven and Earth film project is due for release later in the year. An Audio and Visual Masterpiece!