Thursday, March 12, 2009

Dorothy Ashby "Dororthy's Harp"

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Dorothy Ashby's "Dorothy's Harp" 1968 Cadet Records

This Dorothy Ashby album is one of my favorite records and one of the best jazz works of the 60s. Backed by groovy yet lushness string arrangements from Richard Evans this record is unusual that it features a harp as a soloing instrument! It also features Odell Brown on the Fender Rhodes. Evans and Ashby efforts and talents are seemlessly mixed together as bits of R&B, jazz , and psychadellic soul in this late 60s Cadet Record.

As songs go, "Truth Spoken Here" and "Tornado" are great. The gems on this album are "Cause I Need It", and "Just Had To Tell Somebody". The Brazilian numbers "Reza" and "Canto De Ossanha" are sexier as transformed by Dorothy's intersting syncopation and cadences. I also enjoy the covers like "This Girl's In Love", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", and "Windmills of Your Mind".

Listening to it....all I can say is WOW!

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