Watch Kamasi Washington bring epic 'Fists of Fury' to 10,000 fans at Rock the Garden

Kamasi Washington and band at Rock the Garden 2018.
Kamasi Washington and band at Rock the Garden 2018. (Lacey Young | MPR News)
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Saxophonist/composer/producer Kamasi Washington provided a highlight of the fest. He and his band — including background vocalist Patrice Quinn, knockout keyboardist Brandon Coleman, and guest star "Pops" Rickey Washington (yep, Kamasi's dad) — entranced thousands of slack-jawed, even teary-eyed patrons with their persistent, shape-shifting jazz. "The Rhythm Changes" lived up to its name; "Fists of Fury," from the new album Heaven and Earth, landed punches thanks to an epic drum-off between Tony Austin and Ronald Bruner Jr.

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    Rickey and Kamasi Washington at Rock the Garden 2018. (Lacey Young | MPR News)
  • Kamasi Washington's band at Rock the Garden 2018.
    Kamasi Washington's band at Rock the Garden 2018. (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Kamasi Washington's band at Rock the Garden 2018.
    Kamasi Washington's band at Rock the Garden 2018. (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Kamasi Washington at Rock the Garden 2018.
    Kamasi Washington at Rock the Garden 2018. (Nate Ryan)
  • Kamasi Washington's band at Rock the Garden 2018.
    Kamasi Washington's band at Rock the Garden 2018. (Nate Ryan)