American harpist and composer Brandee Younger fuses hip hop, classical, funk and jazz on Brand New Life. Younger became a Grammy award nominee for her label debut. Brand New Life features new works inspired by her hero, harpist Dorothy Ashby.
"You're A Girl For One Man Only" written by Younger and Ashby, has reinterpretations of Dorothy Ashby; a beautiful, meditative love song and nice collaboration with the vibraphone; a smooth introduction with Younger and drum snares. "Brand New Life" features Mumu Fresh's sensual vocals and has an R&B beat. Younger serenades splendidly on the harp. "Livin' and Lovin' in My Own Way" features hip hop music producer, DJ and rapper Pete Rock. Younger proceeds with a tantalizing harp melody manifesting into a nice beat. "Come Live WIth Me (Interlude)" is simply beautiful. It was originally recorded in 1968 by Ashby on her Afro-Harping (Cadet) album. "Running Game" opens with a spoken words intro describing how men run game.
On the ballad, Younger, is profound. There's a relaxing bass background from Rashaan Carter and it ends beautifully. "Moving Target" was written and composed by Younger; sounds from the flute, strings, vibraphone and xylophone arranged by De'Sean Jones and percussion by Makaya McCraven. "Dust," written by Ashby, features MeShell NdegeOcello on vocals and has reggae rhythms. "The Windmills of Your Mind" features music producer 9th Wonder on drum programming. Infused with classical Influences and very relaxing. "If It's Magic" is the theme song from the movie Valley of The Dolls originally recorded by Stevie Wonder on Songs In The Key Of Life (Motown, 1976). Younger delivers it with a soothing sound and plays eloquently while paying homage to her hero.
You're A Girl For One Man Only; Brand New Life; Come Live With Me;
(Interlude); Livin' And Lovin' In My Own Way; Running Game ( Intro);
Running Game; Moving Target; Dust; The Windmills Of Your
Mind; If It's Magic.
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