Giovanni Russonello, New York Times

BRANDEE YOUNGER QUINTET at Jazz Standard (Aug. 21-22, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Ms. Younger’s harp playing can be airy or imagistic, but it’s usually grounded in a groove. Over the past decade, she’s proven adept at bringing the instrument into contexts where it had rarely gone: jazz infused with neo-soul; springy post-bop; experiments alongside Afro-Cuban improvisers. On Night 1 of her brief run at Jazz Standard, the classically trained harpist will appear in an electrified quintet with some of her most accomplished contemporaries: Keyon Harrold on trumpet, Chelsea Baratz on tenor saxophone, Rashaan Carter on electric bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums. On Night 2, a different but equally impressive group joins her in an acoustic format: Mr. Harrold, as well as Anne Drummond on flute, Dezron Douglas on upright bass and E. J. Strickland on drums.

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