WBGO Fall Preview highlights David Sanford and Kazemde George

Jazz radio station WBGO released it’s Fall Preview of key releases, including upcoming releases from David Sanford and Kazemde George!

Nate Chinen said of Sanford’s new album:

In the realm of contemporary classical music, David Sanford is known as an extravagant talent: a Guggenheim fellow for composition, recipient of the prestigious Rome Prize, creator of works performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center, among others. Jazz audiences don’t know Sanford quite as well — but that may change on the basis of his impressive new album, A Prayer For Lester Bowie, which tweaks the conventions of modern big band orchestration while setting a stage for soloists like trumpeter Hugh Ragin and tenor saxophonist Anna Webber.

You can pre-order the album on Bandcamp here and stream three singles here ahead of the September 24 release date.

Nate also wrote about Kazemde’s George’s debut album:

Saxophonist and composer Kazemde George makes his debut as a leader with I Insistan album whose title is meant to evoke Max Roach’s We Insist! Freedom Now Suite. The music, often swinging even as it smolders, conveys something about George’s bond with the jazz tradition, as well as his firsthand research in Afro-Cuban traditions. And it introduces a smart young band with Sami Stevens on vocals, Isaac Wilson on piano and Wurlitzer, Tyrone Allen II on bass and Adam Arruda on drums.

The CD / digital download is available for pre-order on Bandcamp here. And you can stream two singles here. The album releases on October 22nd.