Kamasi Washington Shares Two New Songs “Fists of Fury” and “The Space Travelers Lullaby”

Heaven and Earth Due Out June 22 via Young Turks, Album Details and Tour Dates Also Confirmed

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Yesterday jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington announced a new album on his Twitter account, a double album entitled Heaven and Earth. At the time no other details (such as the release date, tracklist, or any new music) were announced. Now Washington has shared two songs from it, "Fists of Fury" (a cover of the theme to the Bruce Lee film) and "The Space Travelers Lullaby," and confirmed the album's release date and tracklist. He has also shared two short scenes/teasers for each song directed by British artist and director Jenn Nkiru that are part of a larger film connected to the album, the full film will be released later. He's also announced some tour dates. Heaven and Earth is due out June 22 via Young Turks. Check out the songs below, along with teaser videos for each track, the album's tracklist and cover art, and his tour dates.

Washington had this to say about the album in a press release: "'The world that my mind lives in, lives in my mind.' This idea inspired me to make this album Heaven and Earth. The reality we experience is a mere creation of our consciousness, but our consciousness creates this reality based on those very same experiences. We are simultaneously the creators of our personal universe and creations of our personal universe. The Earth side of this album represents the world as I see it outwardly, the world that I am a part of. The Heaven side of this album represents the world as I see it inwardly, the world that is a part of me. Who I am and the choices I make lie somewhere in between."

Heaven and Earth includes a new arrangement of jazz and bebop legend Freddie Hubbard's "Hubtones." Bandmate Ryan Porter also contributed one song. The album also features Thundercat, Terrace Martin, Ronald Bruner, Jr., Cameron Graves, Brandon Coleman, Miles Mosley, Patrice Quinn, Tony Austin, and others.

Washington's last full-length album was 2015's The Epic, although last year he released the Harmony of Difference EP. Despite being a jazz musician, Washington has crossed over to indie rock and hip-hop fans thanks to collaborations with St. Vincent, Ibeyi, Thundercat, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Run the Jewels, and others.

 

 

 

Heaven and Earth Tracklist:

I. Earth
1. Fists of Fury
2. Can You Hear Him
3. Hubtones
4. Connections
5. Tiffakonkae
6. The Invincible Youth
7. Testify
8. One of One

II. Heaven

9. The Space Travelers Lullaby
10. Vi Lua Vi Sol
11. Street Fighter Mas
12. Song for the Fallen
13. Journey
14. The Psalmnist
15. Show Us the Way
16. Will You Sing

Kamasi Washington Tour Dates:

April 15 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music and Arts Festival
April 22 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music and Arts Festival
April 27 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater*
May 2 -  London, U.K. - Roundhouse
May 4 -  Manchester, U.K. - Albert Hall
May 5 - Glasgow, U.K. - QMU
May 6 - Cheltenham, U.K. - Cheltenham Jazz Festival
May 8 - Lyon, France - Nuits Sonores @ Auditorium de Lyon
May 9 - Paris, France - Bataclan
May 11 - Coutances, France - Jazz Sous les Pommiers @ Salle Marcel Hélie
May 12 - St Gaudens, France - Festival Jazz a Comminges @ Parc des Expositions
May 13 - Madrid, Spain - Riviera
May 14 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
May 16 - Milan, Italy - Santeria Social Club
May 17 - Zurich, Switzerland - Kaufleuten Zurich
May 18 - Munich, Germany - Theaterfabrik
May 19 - Vienna, Austria - Wiener Konzerthaus
May 20 - Diersbach, Austria - INNtone JazzFestival
May 22 - Krakow, Poland - Studio
May 23 - Prague, Czech Republic - Arhca Theatre
May 24 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
May 25 - Berlin, Germany - Astra
May 27 - Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
May 28 - Nijmegen, Holland - Doornroosje
May 29 - The Hague, Holland - Paard
May 30 - Brussels, Belgium - Salle De La Madeleine
June 1 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
June 2 - Hamburg, Germany - Elbjazz Festival
June 3 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
June 15 - New York, NY - Forest Hills Stadium†
June 16 - Minneapolis, MN - Rock the Garden
June 23 - Pasadena, CA - Arroyo Seco
June 24 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
June 25 - Saskatoon, SK - Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
June 29 - Waitsfield, VT - Friendly Gathering
June 30 - Montreal, Quebec - Festival International de Jazz de Montreal
July 12 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theater‡
July 25 - Detroit, MI - Chene Park Amphitheater
August 4 - Dublin, Ireland - Beatyard Festival
August 5 - Oxfordshire, U.K. - Wilderness Festival
August 7 - Mainz, Germany - Frankfurter Hof Mainz @ Zitadelle Mainz
August 9 - Antwerp, Belgium - Jazz Middelheim
August 10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - HAVEN
August 11 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West
August 12 - Helsinki, Finland - FLOW
August 17-19 - Tokyo, Japan - Summer Sonic Festival
October 17 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
October 18 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
October 19 - San Francisco, CA - TBA
October 20 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Fremont Theater
October 22 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
October 24 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
October 25 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up
October 26 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
October 27 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
October 29 - Kansas City, MO - The Truman
October 31 - Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre
November 1 - Minneapolis, MN - TBA
November 2 - Madison, WI - TBA
November 3 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
November 5 - Toronto, CA - Sony Centre for The Performing Arts
November 7 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
November 8 - Boston, MA - Royale
November 9 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
November 10 - Washington D.C. - Lincoln Theatre
November 14 - Richmond, VA - The National
November 15 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
November 16 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
November 17 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre

*with Vulfpeck
†with Alt-J
‡with Sylvan Esso

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