Sunday, April 15, 2018

Kamasi Washington – "Final Thought" (2015)

When the first episode of season seven of Homeland begins, ex-CIA intelligence officer Carrie Mathison (played by Claire Danes) is running as fast as she can on a treadmill as some very intense jazz blasts on the soundtrack.

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison
Carrie is bipolar, you see, and recent events have driven her to the brink of a hypomanic episode.

The camera moves in tighter and tighter on her face as the tenor sax blows louder and faster:

Run, Carrie, run!

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“Final Thought” was released in 2015 on Kamasi Washington’s critically acclaimed debut studio album, Epic.  

It was an inspired choice for the scene of Carrie running on the treadmill.  Carrie has a brilliant and insightful mind, but her bipolar disorder causes that mind to come unmoored on occasion.

Kamasi Washington
The best thing about “Final Thought” is that it sounds like Washington is on the verge of losing control at times, but he never does.  I don’t listen to modern jazz very often, but this is pretty good music – pretty, pretty, pretty good.

Here’s “Final Thought," which starts off slowly but quickly builds:

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