The first feature in 2012 to On Deck is a not only a bit of a change from the artists/producers I’ve highlighted before, but in my eyes a game changing jazz musician. What Miri Bin-Ari is to the violin, the versatile Brandee Younger has been in both traditional and non-traditional harp music. Ms Younger is most recognized for working with Jazz royalty as well as Grammy winning Hip-Hop producers and artists. Her ability to feature the harp in genres of music where the instrument is often absent is a testament of her love for the instrument, and her cross-reaching ability as a musician. Look below in the video showing a reworking of Lady Gaga’s song “Paparazzi”.
As far jazz artists, she has worked alongside Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Wycliffe Gordon, Charlie Haden, Reggie Workman, Kenny Garrett, Rashied Ali among others. In the realm of hip-hop and R&B, Younger has worked with Drake, Common, Ryan Leslie, Cassie, Talib Kweli and more.
Appearance in the Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek) video “In This World”.
To hear more music and learn more about this talented jazz artist and composer, visit her official website and check out her music on the Soundcloud player below.