AL­BUM OF THE WEEK

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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