Los Angelean saxophonist, composer and bandleader Kamasi Washington has been hailed as a giant of his generation of jazz musicians, with his 2015 release The Epic landing on many of last year's critical best-of lists.
When he plays the Auckland City Limits festival next month, he’ll perform as part of a bill that includes Kendrick Lamar, whose To Pimp a Butterfly LP was enhanced by Washington’s horn playing and string arrangements.
Before he touches down in the country, he tells Sam Wicks what to expect.
Artist: Kamasi Washington
Song: Miss Understanding, The Message, The Magnificent 7
Album: The Epic
Artist: Snoop Doggy Dogg
Song: Who Am I? (What's My Name?)
Composer: C.Broadus, Jr., A.Young, G.Clinton, G.Shider, D.Spradley
Label: Death Row, Interscope
Artist: Rick James
Song: Bustin' Out (On Funk)
Album: Bustin' Out of L Seven