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24 January 2014

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Jazz harp has always fascinated me, as I play the instrument on an amateur level in addition to pro horn.

When the harp is in combination with other instruments, especially loud ones such as sax and trumpet and drums, it is a challenge to achieve a good balance. The harp sound is mostly lost when everyone is playing.

It works best when the texture thins out, or as a solo with just light percussion accompaniment.

Brandee Younger is a very talented harpist and composer - her basic concept is very artful, and it's great to see the harp showcased in a jazz group. Perhaps if the instrument was brought up higher in the amplified mix, and if the writing could be thinned out when the harp is featured, it would achieve more of a balance. The last few seconds of this piece were great in that respect!

Thanks for sharing this, John.

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