Brandee Younger’s new album, Soul Awakening, was recently featured on NPR. Reviewed by Nate Chinen, the article summarizes her musical trajectory, saying, “Younger, 35, has spent much of the last dozen years in a state of arrival, or maybe a process of emergence. Recent events suggest that she’s now fully emerged.” He describes the album as “celestial, groove–forward, and unabashed about its alchemies of style,” suggesting that these are characteristic of Younger.
Soul Awakening includes eight tracks with Dezron Douglas on bass and E.J. Strickland on drums. Among other guest musicians, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane appears on two tracks. This is fitting, considering that one song, titled “Love’s Prayer,” is “a devotional in the mode of Ravi’s mother, Alice.” Chinen seems particularly fond of that track, saying, “Younger’s glissandi and chordal filigree are integral to the structure of the song, and her solo—a delicate, resonant reflection that takes full advantage of the harp’s sonic properties—feels just right.”