89/100. It's always impressive when an artist can present 2+ hours of material that is engrossing, engaging, and interesting throughout the entirety of the album's run time. I'm happy to report that Kamasi Washington does this and more on his sophomoric release Heaven and Earth, delivering a masterful work that lives up to its lofty and epic name. From bossa nova to hard bop to fusion, Kamasi fuses a plethora of influences to create his own style, giving the LP a diverse tonal pallette. In addition to this, the ensemble Kamasi brings onto H&E is very impressive, with multiple solos on the record blowing me away upon first listen. One of the best releases of the year for sure.
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