By Brian Kiwanuka, Nextbop
10. Brandee Younger – Soul Awakening (Self Release)
The harp is a spellbinding instrument and throughout Soul Awakening Brandee Younger is a sorceress. The harpist’s playing is never anything other than gorgeous and she has extremely strong chemistry with Ravi Coltrane (tenor saxophone), who is featured on “Soulris” and “Lover’s Prayer”. Younger is a versatile player, being just as good at covering soul tunes (Marvin Gaye’s “Save The Children”) as she is as at taking on spiritual jazz compositions (Alice Coltrane’s “Blue Nile”). This is a fine record that is sure to earn Younger more than a few new fans. Read my full album review here.