Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dorothy Ashby - 1957 - The Jazz Harpist

Dorothy Ashby 
The Jazz Harpist

01. Thou Swell
02. Stella By Starlight
03. Dancing On The Ceiling
04. Aeolian Groove
05. Quietude
06. Spicy
07. Lamentation

Recorded August, 1956.
The cover of the Savoy is identical to the Regent version except for a sticker reading "Savoy 12212" covering the catalog number in the upper right corner.

Bass – Eddie Jones, Wendell Marshall (tracks: B3, B4)
Drums – Ed Thigpen
Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder
Flute – Frank Wess
Harp – Dorothy Ashby

The 1957 recording debut of the most famous jazz harpist! Featuring: Frank Wess (flute), Eddie Jones (bass), Wendall Marshall (bass), and Ed Thigpen (drums). Years ago the All Star polls in jazz were primarily concerned with trumpets, trombones, saxophones and the usual rhythm instruments, but of late the situation has changed in order to welcome new instruments and players into the ever-broadening aspect of jazz performance. Now, such widely varied instruments as the cello, accordion, and flute are accepted as contributing members of the jazz group or orchestra. And here Regent is presenting still another voice for jazz expression: the harp. No, this isn't the first time a harp has been used on a jazz date. But, I can't recall when a harp was featured as a solo instrument within a jazz context as it is here. The harpist of reference is Dorothy Ashby, and in her recording debut she is featured as the leader of a thoroughly refreshing group as well as a soloist, composer and arranger of great merit.



  2. This was the very first jazz album I ever owned. The music is beautiful: light and swinging jazz- a new sound-jazz harp.
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  3. The Dorothy Ashby recording is the very first jazz album I ever owned.
    The playing is light, swinging and very melodic and happy.
    Ramakumar Fairfax, CA

  4. Cool beans. Now dig up the Jonny Teupen's on MPS and we'll really be talkin'. :)

  5. great posts! i loooove jazz on "funny" instruments!