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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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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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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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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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