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Harmony of Difference

Kamasi Washington

Harmony of Difference

EP from the modern LA jazz saxophonist is a six-part suite originally premiered at the Whitney Museum of American Art 2017 Biennial

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  1. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    A record where the sum is greater than the parts
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  2. 9.0 |   Clash

    A truly incredible record irrespective of genre. If you are capable of feeling, you will find much to love here
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Demonstrates Kamasi Washington as jazz's next great thinker, shaper and leader
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  4. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Kamasi Washington has become the de facto savior of modern jazz
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  5. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    Even on this shorter EP, saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington displays a tireless ambition with his compositions, performance, and spiritual approach
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  6. 8.4 |   Paste Magazine

    On Harmony of Difference, Washington’s work remains as substantial and compelling as ever, and with any luck this EP is setting the scene for another, longer release from him soon
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The standout is Truth, taking and synthesising these themes into a gloriously cinematic, choir-laden masterpiece, seeking to remind us of the beautiful harmonies that differences bring
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  8. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The appeal of Washington’s music lies in the rather elegant combination of approachability with serious technical chops. ‘Harmony Of Difference’ extends that appeal and adds the one thing ‘The Epic’ didn’t – leaving the listener wanting more
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  9. 8.0 |   The Music

    Pure, focused passion
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    It's chock-full of refreshing, sophisticated ideas, all balanced by an empathic, emphatic inclusiveness that engages the listener at both musical and emotional levels
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  11. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Underneath the spiritual solos and out-there notes, there is a simple, familiar sound – and here lies the beauty of the Harmony Of Difference

  12. 8.0 |   Crack

    The EP’s highlight Truth takes all the melodic ideas expressed in the other five tracks and melds them into 13 minutes of wonder
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  13. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Rather than living in the past or getting lost in modernity, Washington coalesces these two worlds, providing a dramatic move forward without losing his identity in the process
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  14. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Full of hidden melodies and motifs and has enough to charm to make up for its brevity
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  15. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    A tidy EP under 32 minutes, but it still manages to cover plenty of ground
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  16. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    Impressive band papers over the cracks
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