It has been announced that the influential jazz harpist Brandee Younger will be making her album debut with jazz record label, Impulse! Younger has already had an impressive career, from playing the infinitely impactful music of Alice Coltrane to releasing several albums and playing with major recording artists.
Her new album titled “Something Different” has spawned a new single, “Reclamation,” an intricate yet soothing jazz offering that embodies complicated percussion and a full band layered over her dream-like harp playing. Younger’s legacy is deeply intertwined with jazz harpists who have come before her such as the inventor of the jazz harp style Dorothy Ashby, Alice Coltrane and Zeena Parkins. Younger is bringing her personal and intimate style of composition to new generations, opening doors for harp players to experiment and contribute their unique harp interpretations in jazz and other genres outside of the traditional form of classical performance and composition. “Reclamation” itself creates a distinct combination of classical music, R&B, hip hop and jazz.
Younger recorded “Something Different” in New York City at Van Gelder Studios between November 2020 and February 2021 and it was produced by her musical collaborator, double bassist, Dezron Douglas. The album features performances by Allan Mednard on drums, Rashaan Carter on bass, trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenor saxophonist Chelsea Baratz, flutist Anne Drummond, and drummer & drum programming by Marcus Gilmore.
The eight track album promises to be a stunning collection of music that explores various musical themes that take the listener on a journey of memorable artistic music that will inspire. Younger’s ability to blend and orchestrate fresh and new soundscapes without totally abandoning the styles and skills of those who came before her is admirable and special.
“Something Different” will be released Aug. 13 on all streaming platforms and wherever music is sold.