Album Review: Kamasi Washington reaches new spiritual heights with defining album Fearless Movement

The Breakdown

Kamasi Washington pulls together a stellar cast of band members and collaborators to make a strong contender for album of the year, with his insightful take of fusion and spiritual jazz.
Young 9.2

Kamasi Washington’s latest offering, “Fearless Movement,” out today, is poised to be one of the standout albums of the year, certainly in Backseat Mafia towers. The album not only showcases Kamasi’s unparalleled talent but also highlights the brilliance of the incredible collaborators who contribute to this musical tapestry. From the breathtaking flute solo by André 3000 in “Dream State” to Thundercat’s mesmerizing solo in “Asha The First,” the album is a testament to the sheer mastery of these artists. But there’s virtuosity in show at every turn, but it’s beholden to the feel and the vibe, not the other way round, which is the thing that really makes it work.

What stands out most in “Fearless Movement” is Kamasi Washington’s honed craft in spiritual jazz, both in songwriting and the overall vibe. The album delves deep into themes of life’s complexities, with lyrics that resonate and melodies that stir the soul. The inclusion of Kamasi’s daughter’s melody in “Asha The First” adds a beautiful personal touch, symbolizing a passing of musical legacy and a deeper connection which highlights the narrative.

Throughout the album, there are moments of almost chamber music that seamlessly blend with the jazz fusion landscape. Tracks like “Computer Love” and “Dream State” transport listeners into ethereal realms, while the opener “Lesanu” and the brilliant “The Garden Path” captivate with their ambition and plain melodic strength.

Kamasi Washington’s commitment to musical exploration is evident, as he navigates themes of existence and fatherhood with poetic grace. The album encapsulates a new chapter in his artistic journey, emphasizing dance as an expression of the human spirit. “It’s not literal,” Washington says. “Dance is movement and expression, and in a way it’s the same thing as music—expressing your spirit through your body. That’s what this album is pushing.”

It’s Kamasi goes on to say, “Fearless Movement” represents a shift towards celebrating life’s everyday experiences. This album is a culmination of introspection and evolution, featuring an array of collaborators who elevate each track with their unique contributions. As we embark on this musical journey with Kamasi Washington, it’s clear that “Fearless Movement” is not just an album—whatever or wherever you get your spiritual gratuity, it’s a transcendent exploration of life through Kamasi Washington’s penetrating lens, and it’s not to be missed.

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