Kamasi Washington Brings A Little “Heaven & Earth” To Arroyo Seco Weekend Review+Photos: Kamasi Washington @ Arroyo Seco Weekend 6/23/18
“… I’ve seen Kamasi Washington a handful of times live, but with the release of his 2018 album, Heaven & Earth, I decided to check him out once again at Arroyo Seco.
I won’t lie, I think Pharaoh may have spoiled my enjoyment of Kamasi’s set. I could get down with the Kamasi’s progressive jazz stylings, but there was an intensity lacking from his main stage performance that I had just experienced with Pharaoh’s just an hour earlier.
The sound issues that I experienced during Seu’s set, weren’t resolved for Kamasi’s set. And that was a terrible shame because in jazz EVERY instrument serves as purpose and when you can’t hear a line or an instrument, you’re taking away a little bit of the composition’s soul. The amazing bassist Miles Mosely was on stage, and I could see him performing, but I couldn’t hear a single note he played.
Kamasi’s his recordings generally average about 7-8 minutes in length, so he only performed 5 songs, opening and closing his set with cuts from his newest album: “Street Fighter Mas” (opener) and “Fists of Fury” (closer). “Fists of Fury” is a cover of the theme from Bruce Lee’s movie Fist of Fury made plural to reflect the players in his band. Unfortunately, not all of the fists were properly mixed for the gig to give the performance a real powerful punch…”