Wax & Wane

by Brandee Younger

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Evoking the musical equivalent of rare gems, Younger emerges from the legacies of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane as she ushers in a new era that celebrates the unsung titan of string instruments.

Born during the REVIVE Music and Blue Note Records sessions for “Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1,” Younger’s latest album is a testament to her musical forebears that fuses classical technique with the persistent groove at the core of the Black music canon. Produced by Casey Benjamin, “Wax & Wane” features flutist Anne Drummond and long-time members of Younger’s quartet, tenor saxophonist Chelsea Baratz and bassist Dezron Douglas, who trades in his upright bass for electric. Joining them are drummer Dana Hawkins and esteemed guitarist Mark Whitfield. Celebrated string duo Chargaux joins Younger for the project’s interludes.

“Wax & Wane” builds on the jazz/hip-hop/funk foundation laid down by Younger’s “Dorothy Jean”, Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1’s lead single that premiered on “Wax Poetics” in July of this year. “Exploring the depths of Ms. Ashby’s music was certainly a treat,” says Benjamin. “I can’t think of a better person than Brandee to channel the true essence and continue the lineage of Ms. Ashby’s work through her own voice, spirit and experience. I’m happy to ride along on the journey.”

The age-old combination of flute and harp is turned on its head in the hands of Drummond and Younger who bring together their lilting sounds to produce beautiful melodies underscored by unrelenting funk. “The timbres of the flute and harp are very compatible as both instruments lend themselves to tender expression that composers like Debussy took full advantage of,” explains Drummond, adding: “But they can be bold as well. With this project, I loved putting the blend of flute and harp within the groove-driven arrangements that Casey conceived for us all.”

With “Wax & Wane,” Brandee Younger is poised to take her place as a sonic tour de force and the latest innovator in a lineage of groundbreaking musical agitators leading to the rise of the harp. Spiritually transcendent and perennially fresh, “Wax & Wane” strikes a delicate balance between pushing the envelope and flat out breaking the mold. “I wanted to place the harp in a totally different context than what listeners are generally accustomed to and continue to position the harp in way that’s relevant today,” says Younger. With this seven track collection, Younger presents an altered universe where the fluttering polyphonic exchange of the harp and flute expand and contract against a dense rhythmic display.
Stay tuned for the Wax & Wane release on Feb. 19th, 2016.

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released February 19, 2016

Wax & Wane
BRANDEE YOUNGER
Featuring Anne Drummond

Brandee Younger, harp
Anne Drummond, flute
Dezron Douglas, electric bass
Mark Whitfield, guitar
Dana Hawkins, drums
Chelsea Baratz, tenor sax
Chargaux, violin & viola

Recorded at the Breeding Ground Recording Studio by Tariq Khan

Produced by Casey Benjamin
Co-Produced by Tariq Khan

Presented by Revive Music and B. Alexis Music

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Brandee Younger New York, New York

This harpist is known for sharing the stage with Jazz Royalty Jack Dejohnette & Ravi Coltrane, laying down tracks with Grammy-Winning Rapper Common & Artist&Producer Ryan Leslie, as well as bringing to life the Classic Impressionistic work of Maurice Ravel. Her ability to feature the Harp in genres of music where the instrument is often absent demonstrates her cross-reaching ability as a musician. ... more

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