Sunday, August 13, 2017

Dorothy Ashby - 1965 - The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby

Dorothy Ashby 
The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby

01. Flighty 3:30
02. Essence Of Sapphire 2:14
03. Why Did You Leave Me 2:58
04. I Will Follow You 3:08
05. What Am I Here For 2:21
06. House Of The Rising Sun 3:01
07. Invitation 2:59
08. Nabu Corfa 3:47
09. Feeling Good 5:15
10. Dodi Li 2:18

Bass – Richard Davis
Drums – Grady Tate
Harp – Dorothy Ashby

Percussion – Willie Bobo (tracks: A1, A41 to B5)
Trombones (tracks: A3, A5, B1, B3, B5):
Jimmy Cleveland
Quentin Jackson
Sonny Russo
Tony Studd

Spellbound Music present a reissue of Dorothy Ashby's sixth album, The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby, originally released in 1965. Ashby was a Detroit born jazz harpist who passed away in her early 50s in 1986. She left a rich legacy of music with The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby being one of her milestones. The music is purely bright and swinging with a joyful mood. Dorothy Ashby is always there upfront while the brass section mostly fills the background with color. Typical for the ancient jazz, there are no vocals on this record but this only adds to the depth and intriguing atmosphere of the music. Ashby starts where Coltrane left the field of real song-oriented albums for his experimental efforts and she really pulls it off. The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby is haunting but with a rather relaxed approach to this style. For the time it was released, this album was an utterly progressive effort and the pop sensibility of many tracks make it a great joy to spin. Jazz fans will dig it and open minded people who love the music of the '60s will also develop a fondness for this beauty.

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