This epic jazz version of Clair de Lune shows just how mind-expanding Debussy’s music is

19 August 2016, 16:04

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Saxophonist Kamasi Washington’s super-chilled version of Debussy’s piano classic Clair de Lune will give you emotions every time.

You know what they say about cover versions: you’re supposed to make them your own. That can lead to some distinctly wrongheaded results (1D doing Blondie… never forget…), but occasionally the stars can align and give us true musical gems.

This version of Debussy’s Clair de Lune from Kamasi Washington is one such gem, which takes the bare tenets of the original and uses them as a jazz springboard to Marvin Gaye-esque string arrangements, haunting sax solos and some beautifully sloshy strings.

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