Harpist Brandee Younger recently performed an alluring new original composition titled “Respected Destroyer” showcasing the effortless versatility of her sound and compositional style. With Rashaan Carter on bass, EJ Strickland on drums, Chelsea Baratz on tenor sax, Raydar Ellis triggering sounds, and a raging solo by surprise guest trumpeter Sean Jones, Younger turned a lush ostinato into a soulful luminous groove, built on chord progressions with technique steeped in the French classical harp repertoire, laid over a DC go-go inspired beat— seamlessly. Further in the tune, tension from a layered, groove-centered introduction lands nicely into a funky, chant-like melodic line delivered by the horn section. Somehow, the likes of Chuck Brown, Ravel, and perhaps even Earth, Wind & Fire come together in the illest way possible. But this is what makes Younger’s music so exciting and fresh. Her sensibilities allow her to masterfully play with musical expectations as if to say, “Why wouldn’t I?”
Younger is one of the most powerful and brilliant artists on the rise. Keep a look out for Brandee’s debut on Blue Note/ Revive later in the year.