Released on May 5th , the aptly titled Epic is nothing short of, well…epic. The physical release comes jam packed with 17 tracks on 3 discs. Right from the beginning, the Epic thrusts the listener into a lush soundscape guaranteed to get you going, bringing reminders and remnants of Billy Cobham’s magnificent Spectrum and Crosswinds albums. Don’t let that comparison fool you, Washington’s style is unprecedented within the realm of the jazz world and once it grabs a hold of you, it does not let up.
It takes a team effort to bring home championships and this musical journey is no different. The Epic was crafted from an ensemble of great musicians with Mr. Washington at the helm.
Being a modern masterpiece, I cannot give this album justice from words alone. The only way one could possibly understand would be to actually listen to the album itself. I recommend setting some time aside for each disc due to the sheer length of the project. Trust me, you will not be disappointed when you do!
-Tao is a father, writer, musical artist, fitness trainer, and avid chess player from The Savage Lands of West Virginia. Follow Taoist – Insight on twitter @TaoistInsight