ALBUM OF THE WEEK
It may be billed as an EP, but the young jazz maestro’s follow-up to his brilliant debut album, The Epic, clocks in at 32 minutes and is longer than Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline and Nick Drake’s Pink Moon. Still, in comparison to his 173-minute debut, appropriately titled The Epic, it’s a walk in the park. And yet, in its short runtime, Harmony of Difference demonstrates why a great deal of music fans — and not just jazz devotees — are so enamoured by this genre-bending saxophonist from Los Angeles. There are more ideas, styles and flights of fancy here than many artists manage to pack into an entire career. And what songs. ‘Perspective’ is a deliciously funk-oriented freak-out and ‘Humility’ revels in Washington’s virtuosic sax playing. Best of the lot is the 13-minute ‘Truth’, which rides a current of inventive arrangements and features a choir. Its ambition is evident from the off, and its creator manages to deliver a composition that is gloriously different, yet not self-indulgent — a difficult balancing act but one this figure, who first came to prominence on Kendrick Lamar’s much admired To Pimp A Butterfly, seems to handle with consummate ease.