Kamasi Washington’s “The Rhythm Changes” Video

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By    August 19, 2015


Chris Daly had some Rendevous with Juicy J

By now, your mission is clear. #ListenToMoreJazz. If you haven’t gotten that by now, well, I don’t want to say it’s time to replace your snap back with a dunce cap, but you do the math.

We’ve been highlighting a lot of Kamasi Washington, but the music speaks for itself. Let’s just call it like it is, one can never watch too much live video of a jazz great shaking everything he’s got with one of the tightest jazz ensembles in the game today. Whether your tastes run towards The Epic or To Pimp a Butterfly (or The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam, for that matter), it cannot be denied that Kamasi Washington clearly is the music man of the hour.

As evidenced by the staggering amount of footage one can find online of KW and Crew, innumerable eyes and ears love bearing witness to the magic and majesty of this band. Using studio, backstage and live concert footage, Los Angeles’ own hip-hop photographer and filmmaker B+ (aka Brian Cross) puts together a stunning video for “The Rhythm Changes.” (You might recognize B+’s photos of and record covers for such cats as Eazy-E, DJ Shadow, Biggie and The Fugees.)

The video opens with a practice session and Washington explaining the mission that turned into The Epic (with enough left over for future albums). From there, it’s an interplanetary groove. Fasten your seat belts.

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