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Kamasi Washington expands jazz's boundaries on new album 'The Epic'
Kamasi Washington expands jazz's boundaries on new album 'The Epic'

When jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington was contributing string arrangements to rapper Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly," few could have predicted that both L.A. artists would end up dominating the conversation about hip-hop and jazz in 2015. But Lamar's album, released this spring, has earned widespread acclaim for expanding the boundaries of rap, a genre that's easy to pigeonhole for those who follow only the mainstream. Washington is earning similar raves for his explorations on "The Epic," a bold, three-disc statement that features a 10-piece band, a 20-person choir and a 32-piece orchestra. The album comes out Tuesday on L.A.'s...

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