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Kamasi Washington shares two new tracks, “Fists of Fury” and “The Space Travelers Lullaby”: Stream

Taken from the saxophonist's upcoming double album, Heaven and Earth

Kamasi Washington, photo by Nina Corcoran
Kamasi Washington, photo by Nina Corcoran
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    Kamasi Washington will soon return with his latest collection of saxophone compositions. Entitled Heaven and Earth, the double LP follows 2015’s three-disc album, The Epic, and last year’s Harmony of Difference EP, which was one of our favorite records of last year. A release date for the new album is set for June 22nd.

    Today, the jazz musician has shared a preview of each half of the record. Taken from Earth, “First of Fury” is actually a rearrangement of the title song from the classic Bruce Lee film of the same name. The lyrics remain intact, but Washington has added extended piano and sax solos to stretch the track to over nine and a half minutes long. The Heaven song “The Space Travelers Lullaby”, an equally cinematic composition that sounds like watching the sun rise behind the Earth from a rocket ship, hits the 10:30 mark. Check out both below.

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    Each track comes accompanied by a teaser video from British artist/director Jenn Nkiru. The scenes are “inspired” by a larger film project centered on Heaven and Earth and set for release later this year. Watch those below.

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    Pre-orders for Heaven and Earth are available here. To support the release, Washington will head out on a world tour, kicking off later this week with an appearance at Coachella. Further shows have been announced for the US, Europe, and Japan for this summer and fall. Find his complete itinerary below.

    Kamasi Washington 2018 Tour Dates:
    04/15 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music and Arts Festival
    04/22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music and Arts Festival
    04/27 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater *
    05/02 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
    05/04 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
    05/05 – Glasgow, UK @ QMU
    05/06 – Cheltenham, UK @ Cheltenham Jazz Festival
    05/08 – Lyon, FR @ Nuits Sonores @ Auditorium de Lyon
    05/09 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan
    05/11 – Coutances, FR @ Jazz Sous les Pommiers
    05/12 – St Gaudens, FR @ Festival Jazz a Comminges
    05/13 – Madrid, ES @ Riviera
    05/14 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
    05/16 – Milan, IT @ Santeria Social Club
    05/17 – Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten Zurich
    05/18 – Munich, DE @ Theaterfabrik
    05/19 – Vienna, AT @ Wiener Konzerthaus
    05/20 – Diersbach, AT @ INNtone JazzFestival
    05/22 – Krakow, PL @ Studio
    05/23 – Prague, CZ @ Arhca Theatre
    05/24 – Warsaw, PL @ Stodola
    05/25 – Berlin, DE @ Astra
    05/27 – Cologne, DE @ Live Music Hall
    05/28 – Nijmegen, HL @ Doornroosje
    05/29 – The Hague, HL @ Paard
    05/30 – Brussels, BE @ Salle De La Madeleine
    06/01 – Amsterdam, HL @ Paradiso
    06/02 – Hamburg, DE @ Elbjazz Festival
    06/03 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
    06/15 – New York, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium ^
    06/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Rock the Garden
    06/23 – Pasadena, CA @ Arroyo Seco Weekend
    06/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
    06/25 – Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
    06/29 – Waitsfield, VT @ Friendly Gathering
    06/30 – Montreal, QB @ Festival International de Jazz de Montreal
    07/12 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theater #
    07/25 – Detroit, MI @ Chene Park Amphitheater
    08/04 – Dublin, IE @ Beatyard Festival
    08/05 – Oxfordshire, UK @ Wilderness Festival
    08/07 – Mainz, DE @ Frankfurter Hof Mainz
    08/09 – Antwerp, BE @ Jazz Middelheim
    08/10 – Copenhagen, DK @ HAVEN Festival
    08/11 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
    08/12 – Helsinki, FL @ Flow Festival
    08/17-19 – Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic Festival
    10/17 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
    10/18 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
    10/19 – San Francisco, CA @ TBA
    10/20 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater
    10/22 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
    10/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
    10/25 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
    10/26 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
    10/27 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
    10/29 – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
    10/31 – Iowa City, IA @ The Englert Theatre
    11/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
    11/02 – Madison, WI @ TBA
    11/03 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
    11/05 – Toronto, CA @ Sony Centre for The Performing Arts
    11/07 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
    11/08 – Boston, MA @ Royale
    11/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
    11/10 – Washington DC @ Lincoln Theatre
    11/14 – Richmond, VA @ The National
    11/15 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
    11/16 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
    11/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre

    * = w/ Vulfpeck
    ^ = w/ alt-J
    # = w/ Sylvan Esso

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