Kamasi Washington Releases “Fearless Movement” with Miles Mosley, Thundercat, and Ben Williams

Kamasi Washington: Fearless MovementJazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington has returned with his fifth studio album, Fearless Movement, which he refers to as his dance album, though it’s not literal.

“Dance is movement and expression, and in a way it’s the same thing as music—expressing your spirit through your body,” he explains. “That’s what this album is pushing.”

The record also presents new themes for Washington. His previous efforts, including his masterful The Epic, dealt with cosmic and existential ideas. Washington’s new focus is on “the everyday, an exploration of life on earth,” which is due in part to his becoming a father.

“Being a father means the horizon of your life all of a sudden shows up,” says Washington. “My mortality became more apparent to me, but also my immortality—realizing that my daughter is going to live on and see things that I’m never going to see. I had to become comfortable with this, and that affected the music that I was making.”

As always, Washington surrounded himself with incredible musicians with the core of the West Coast Getdown collective on hand. Longtime collaborator Miles Mosley anchors the majority of Fearless Movement.

“Congratulations to the homie Kamasi Washington on releasing another beautiful statement into the infinity,” he shared on Facebook. ” These albums come from magical places and require the focus and guardianship of many behind the scenes. i’m proud to be counted amongst the contributors, and can’t wait to dig into this music and spread it out on the road. Let’s ride.”

Check out Mosley with Washington during their Tonight Show performance of “The Garden Path”:

Fellow double bassist Ben Williams provided the low end on “Together,” while electric bassist Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner appears on “Asha the First” and “The Visionary.” The impressive guest list on the album includes André 3000, George Clinton, BJ the Chicago Kid, D Smoke, Taj and Ras Austin, Terrace Martin, Patrice Quinn, Brandon Coleman, DJ Battlecat and more.

Hear Thundercat (including a wild bass solo) and the Austins on “Asha the First:”

Fearless Movement is out now on CD, vinyl and as a digital download (Apple Music and Amazon MP3).

Mosley is currently on tour with Wshington and the crew. After two months in the US, they’ll take things to Europe in the fall.

Fearless Movement Track List:

  1. Lesanu
  2. Asha The First (featuring Thundercat, Taj Austin, Ras Austin)
  3. Computer Love (featuring Patrice Quinn, DJ Battlecat, Brandon Coleman)
  4. The Visionary (featuring Terrace Martin)
  5. Get Lit (featuring George Clinton, D Smoke)
  6. Dream State (featuring André 3000)
  7. Together (featuring BJ the Chicago Kid)
  8. The Garden Path
  9. Interstellar Peace (The Last Stance)
  10. Road to Self (KO)
  11. Lines in the Sand
  12. Prologue

Kamasi Washington 2024 Tour Dates:

May 4New York, NYBeacon Theatre
May 5Philadelphia, PAUnion Transfer
May 7Toronto, QCHistory
May 8Cincinnati, OHLudlow Garage
May 9Detroit, MISt. Andrews Hall
May 10Chicago, ILThalia Hall
May 11St. Paul, MNFitzgerald Theater
May 12Omaha, NBSlowdown
May 14Houston, TXHouse of Blues Houston
May 15Dallas, TXHouse of Blues Dallas
May 16San Antonio, TXEmpire Theater
May 17Austin, TXEmpire Garage
May 30Vancouver, BCThe Vogue Theatre
May 31Seattle, WAThe Showbox
Jun 1Eugene, ORMcDonald Theatre
Jun 2Portland, ORCrystal Ballroom
Jun 5Sacramento, CACrest Theatre
Jun 6Monterey, CAGolden State Theatre
Jun 7San Francisco, CAWarfield
Jun 8Santa Cruz, CAThe Catalyst
Jun 9Solana Beach, CABelly Up
Jun 11Mesa, AZMesa Arts Center
Jun 16Los Angeles, CAHollywood Bowl Jazz Fest
Jul 31Alexandria, VAThe Birchmere
Aug 2Newport, RINewport Jazz Festival
Oct 3Rome, ITRoma Jazz Festival / Parco Della Música
Oct 4Milan, ITJAZZMI / Alcatraz
Oct 6Barcelona, ESBarcelona Jazz Festival / Razzmatazz
Oct 7Madrid, ESLa Riviera
Oct 9Lisbon, PTColiseu
Oct 10Porto, PTHard Club
Oct 12Bordeaux, FRRocher de Palmer
Oct 13Paris, FRSalle Pleyel
Oct 15Manchester, UKAlbert Hall
Oct 16London, UKO2 Academy Brixton
Oct 17Cardiff, UKThe Great Hall
Oct 20Gateshead, UKThe Glasshouse
Oct 21Leeds, UKProject House
Oct 22Glasgow, UKBarrowland Ballroom
Oct 23Dublin, IE3Olympia Theatre
Oct 28Brussels, BEBozar
Oct 29Zurich, CHX-TRA
Oct 31Lausanne, CHJazz Onze+ / Les Docks
Nov 1Bologna, ITEstragon Club
Nov 3Warsaw, PLStodola
Nov 4Krakow, PLKlub Studio
Nov 5Brno, CZJAZZFESTBRNO / Sono Centrum
Nov 6Munich, DETheaterfabrik
Nov 7Cologne, DECarlswerk Victoria
Nov 9Groningen, NLRockit / De Oosterpoort
Nov 10Amsterdam, NLParadiso
Nov 11Utrect, NLTivoliVredenburg
Nov 13Berlin, DETheater des Westens
Nov 15Stockholm, SEFållan
Nov 16Malmo, SEMoriska Paviljongen
Nov 17Oslo, NODen Norske Opera

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