Harpist Brandee Younger recently dropped her funky tribute to her harp-hero, Dorothy Ashby, via Wax Poetics in the form of “Dorothy Jeanne.” Produced by Casey Benjamin (aka Stutz McGee), “Dorothy Jeanne” also acts as the first single from Supreme Sonacy (Vol. 1), Revive/Blue Note Records’ forthcoming joint-compilation album. Rocking alongside Younger in her tribute to Ashby are Chelsea Baratz on tenor sax , Dezron Douglas on bass, Dana Hawkins on the kit, and Anne Drummond who blessed the track with a stellar flute solo.

Supreme Sonacy: Brandee Younger Premieres "Dorothy Jeanne" On Wax Poetics + iTunes Pre-Order

Photo by: Deneka Peniston

While “Dorothy Jeanne” captures the spirit and the vibe of Dorothy Ashby’s sound, what is more impressive is how Younger manages to keep the harp as the centerpiece of SS (Vol. 1)‘s first single by showcasing all the different dimensions associated with the instrument. Younger’s comping behind Drummond’s solo features the right amount of space and interaction and demonstrates the harp’s ability as a viable chordal instrument. By the time the track features Younger’s solo, it’s evident to the listener that the tradition of harp within a jazz context, started by Dorothy Ashby, is in the safe hands of Brandee Younger who stands poised to be the harp’s leading champion.

“[Dorothy] took the songs of the time and applied them,” Younger reveals, who take cues from Ashby when it comes to taking artistic liberties. “She wasn’t recording a ton of music from a hundred years prior. She did some, but she really had no qualms about pushing forward.”

Scroll down and listen to Supreme Sonacy (Vol. 1)‘s first single, “Dorothy Jeanne.” For an in-depth look at Dorothy Ashby, read our special edition of “Order Is Everything” featuring the harp’s premiere disciple, Brandee Younger.

Pre-order Supreme Sonacy (Vol. 1) on iTunes and Amazon!

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