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Radio & Podcasts

Brandee Younger, Theo Croker, William Parker, Marco Fumo & Other New Releases

Read "Brandee Younger, Theo Croker, William Parker, Marco Fumo & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Spiritual jazz, accordions, Ennio Morricone, noir atmospheres, unbridled virtuosos, the mighty guitar of Eva Mendoza, and much more in this set focusing on recent and upcoming releases.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison"Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Theo Croker “Hero Stomp // A Future Past" Hero Stomp // A Future Past—Single (Masterworks) 0:16 Host talks 7:49 Web Web “Akinuba" Web Max (Compost) 9:15 Brandee Younger “Spirit U Will" Somewhere Different (Impulse!) 12:27 Host talks 19:27 ...

Radio & Podcasts

New Vocal Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts To Dave Grusin, Kenny Barron, Brandee Younger And More

Read "New Vocal Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts To Dave Grusin, Kenny Barron, Brandee Younger And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast presents new releases from vocalists Judy Wexler, Angela Wrigley and Tanya Dennis, with birthday shoutouts to honorable men Dave Grusin and Kenny Barron, as well as harpist Brandee Younger and vocalists Madeline Eastman, Aubrey Johnson, Allison Adams Tucker, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music. Playlist Russell Malone “The Kind of Girl She Is" from Triple Play (MaxJazz) 00:00 Lorraine Feather “I Thought You Did" from Attachments ...

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Album Review

Brandee Younger: Soul Awakening

Read "Soul Awakening" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Sure the recording for Soul Awakening was completed in 2013, but we are more than fortunate that harpist Brandee Younger and producer/bassist Dezron Douglas have chosen now to free this music from the vaults. For Soul Awakening brings a defining clarity to what we've experienced on previous releases, such as the raw, groove/fusion of 2014's The Brandee Younger 4tet: Live at the Breeding Ground (Brandee Younger), and 2016's Wax & Wane (Brandee Younger). Accompanied by her stalwart 4tet: ...

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Radio & Podcasts

A Soul Awakening with Harpist Brandee Younger

Read "A Soul Awakening with Harpist Brandee Younger" reviewed by Lorens Chuno


Harpist Brandee Younger's latest release, Soul Awakening, is a collection of 8 well executed compositions, complete with easily felt energy and introspection. Soul Awakening features bassist Dezron Douglas , drummer E.J. Strickland, saxophonists Stacy Dillard, Chelsea Baratz, Antoine Roney and Ravi Coltrane, drummer Chris Beck, trumpeters Freddie Hendrix, Sean Jones, vocalist Niia, trombonist Corey Wilcox, and flutist Nicole Camacho. Join Brandee and Lorens as they talk about Beyonce, harp pedals, and other things. Playlist Brandee Younger “Games" from ...

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Multiple Reviews

Harp Happenings: Brandee Younger And Pacific Harp Project

Read "Harp Happenings: Brandee Younger And Pacific Harp Project" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Harp happenings are relatively rare in jazz, but they are there. And when two highly agreeable and strikingly different harp-centric affairs appear on your doorstep around the same time, it really makes you stop and take notice of the instrument, its potential, and the players who are moving it forward and outward in various directions. Both of the releases under discussion here take cues and inspiration from specific styles and/or role models, but neither one is easily categorized. Each of ...

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Album Review

Brandee Younger 4tet: Live At The Breeding Ground

Read "Live At The Breeding Ground" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


While a list of currently operating notables on nearly any given instrument could fill anywhere from a chapter to a book or two, a rundown of head-turning active jazz harpists might only fill out a very small portion of a leaflet. The most important among them--Latin jazz trailblazer Edmar Castaneda, refined role model Carol Robbins, and wide-ranging experimentalist Zeena Parkins, to name just a few--all manage to say something unique with the instrument, pushing it into places where it wasn't ...


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