Kamasi Washington Tickets
Arts Club, Liverpool
Leeds Uni Stylus, Leeds
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jonneh from Best live jazz in a big venue for a long time. I thought that tg the sound would be terrible as the space isn't suited to jazz acts, also at first I was annoyed by the seating. But I have to say that the show surpassed my expectations greatly. 2 things that I would say though. I still would have preferred a more genre specific venue and would have paid more for it and the tour merch stall was vastly overpriced, if they had better stock at cheaper they might have done a lot better! It was cheaply made, expensive rubbish.
Date published: 2016-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by oliver from This was absolutely phenomenal Kamasi and his band were unbelievable. Their music was sheer perfection and I've never enjoyed a gig more.
Date published: 2016-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sim from Transcendental I had been looking forward to this gig for weeks and my only concern was that it would not live up to my expectations. In fact it exceeded them. Dealing first with the venue, the decision to make it seated seemed odd at first but it contributed to an atmosphere where everyone was attentive to the music during the songs and on their feet in appreciation at the end of each song. The sound was pretty much perfect once some early feedback was sorted out, the only weakness being that the keyboard was a bit low in the mix. So to the music. It is hard to find the words. Immense power in playing but also musical and subtle. The 2 drummers were unbelievable. The vocalist sounded every bit as good as on the record. The bass player contributed a song of his own which managed to almost be the highlight of the night. As for Kamasi - McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders all sprang to mind. Saving the song the Rhythm Changes until last was a stroke of genius (one amongst many) and the set as a whole was brilliantly structured. Even Kamasi's words between songs managed to be genuinely very funny and charming as well. I could carry on gushing but I won't. Brilliant, just brilliant.
Date published: 2016-06-29