Heaven and Earth=Mirror Pond. The newest from Kamasi Washington is bigger than big, it’s grandiose- not just in volume, but in quality and ambition. This thing is over two and a half hours of music sprawling across four discs centered around the idea that “the world that my mind lives in, lives in my mind” with the Earth portion of the album devoted to the world as Kamasi sees it, outwardly, and the Heaven portion soundtracking the world that is a part of Kamasi, as he sees it- inwardly. Love this concept and it adds some depth of context to a predominantly instrumental affair. I also love that there is a cameo from Thundercat here, I’ve always thought the two would compliment each other perfectly and I’d love to see a collaborative album some day, maybe invite badbadnotgood, too. Also, if you haven’t heard by now, there’s a HIDDEN DISC titled The Choice that no one seemed to have any idea of before the album was released yesterday. So, here’s my stance. Obviously, who doesn’t want more music? I’m with the idea to keep it hush hush, I even really like the idea that it is actually hidden within the packaging (I didn’t even know it was there after I took the plastic off until I saw someone else post about it) now here comes the but- BUT, I’m not with the concept of having to physically tear open this beautiful, not-so-cheap packaging to get to it, so if anyone wants to copy this in the future, maybe do us all a favor and skip that part. All in all, this album is amazing. Kamasi always manages to bring something fresh to the table and this may be his best yet. It’s also awesome to see him bring jazz to the forefront of pop culture again, a genre that has really lacked a face on the world stage recently, and Kamasi fills those funky shoes perfectly. Guys like Cannonball Adderley and Sunny Rollins would be proud. It’s going to take me several lengthy spins to take all this in, and more beer, but I’m chipping away at it with this crisp and refreshing pale ale that’s going down easy on a lovely Saturday afternoon.