Perhaps the most definitive proof that Kamasi Washington's "The Epic" will have an outsized influence on at least a certain soul-jazzish strain of improvisational music for a while. At times, this Australian (!) group almost seems to be straight-up biting. (Compare the head of the opening track, "Hope," to the head of the The Epic's opening track, "Change of the Guard"!)
Besides that, though, this record's worth some listening. There's a lot of good musicianship and it might scratch that souljazz itch for some.