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Kazemde George – I Insist (2021 24/96 FLAC)

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Kazemde George - I Insist (2021 24/96 FLAC)

Kazemde George – I Insist (2021 24/96 FLAC)

Artist: Kazemde George
Album: I Insist
Release/Reissue: 2021
Genre: Contemporary Jazz

01. Things Line Up
02. Coasts
03. Balance
04. Skylight
05. Haiti
06. I Insist
07. Happy Birthday
08. Parkside
09. This Spring
10. Understanding

I Insist is the debut album from Brooklyn-based saxophonist and composer Kazemde George. The title is a shout-out to Max Roach’s landmark 1960 protest album We Insist! Freedom Now Suite, a statement of George’s own determined disposition as a Black American, and an acknowledgement of our turbulent times. Leading a quintet of stellar New York players – vocalist Sami Stevens, keyboardist Isaac Wilson, bassist Tyrone Allen II, and drummer Adam Arruda – the record is a vibrant collection of ten original compositions inspired by George’s interest in music of the African diaspora. “Understanding” features a Cuban changüí-inspired groove. “Haiti” originates from one of George’s own looped electronic beats. Stevens contributes lyrics to the laid-back “Skylight” and the somewhat sorrowful “Happy Birthday,” as well as wordless vocals to three others. The music is unapologetically swinging and fully engaged, whether simmering on a low flame or reaching climactic heights of intensity.