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The best and most complete album done by jazz harpist (a rare style) Dorothy Ashby. She didn't approach her instrument as if it were a gimmick, and she wasn't content to be a background/mood specialist. She turned the harp into a lead instrument, and offered solos that were as tough and memorable as those done by any reed, brass, or percussion player.

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Yes, that's a HARP!

This is an amazing album, mostly overlooked because of it's odd instrumentation. The music is mostly laid back bossa or lightly swinging in nature, save for a few tracks (the first track is pretty wild). The high pitched flute or piccolo, is a bit off putting when it goes out of tune, but in general the music is very well done with supurb jazz solos.

A Must Have

Nice grooves. Laid back. Mix it in or throw it on at a Sunday Bar-B-Q.

I Love her music.

One of the best


Born: August 6, 1932 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

There have been very few jazz harpists in history and Dorothy Ashby was one of the greats. Somehow she was able to play credible bebop on her instrument. As a pianist she studied at Wayne State University, and in 1952 she switched to harp. Within two years, Ashby was gigging in jazz, and in 1956 she made her first recording as a leader. Between 1956-1970, she led ten albums for such labels as Savoy, Prestige, New Jazz, Argo, Jazzland, Atlantic, and Cadet, guested on...
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Afro-Harping, Dorothy Ashby
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: Apr 1968

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