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Dorothy Ashby, the Hip Harpist


Softly ,as in a morning sunrise, her ancient strings are plucked, grasped and manipulated to achieve the sounds of angel wings floating on a heavenly breeze.The Harp, the earliest versions are found around 3500 B.C. and since then they have been strummed across this beautiful world, including the kora from Afrika, the koto in Japan, or China’s guzheng, even Guiness beer has it in their logo.

The harp used to be an instrument for the orchestra pit until two young girls from Detroit , both born in August, decided to pick up this stringed winged bird and fly off to the groove of the Jazz bebop beat. Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane are two of the most famous jazz harpists I could think of that has really changed the course of the harp. I could probably count the number jazz harpists on my hands, and thank goodness with each year that passes another calloused fingertip comes into this obscure fold.

Where Alice Turiyasangitananda Coltrane strummed transcendental spirit fire on her harp, Dorothy Ashby plucked those strings with the cool hip shaking Soul that dug down deep into your bone marrow! I love them both, really, two of my favorite artists!

As with Alice , Dorothy looked out into world music to express her soulful voice. Mrs.Ashby played everything from the piano, the Harp, and the koto. I encourage you to get lost in both of their magnificent albums, you will be pleased nonetheless.

In the meantime, you can groove your socks off to this Dorothy Ashby compilation, which is just the tip of the cool iceberg! If you have heard one of the tunes in a mixtape I’m not sorry for the repeat , just one of her songs can make a mediocre mixtape superb! As you listen to each pluck, strum and mastery of the vibration I leave you cats  to remember, Be hip, Be cool and always be groovy!

From Last Fm                                                                                         

DorothyAshbyMixtape<<<– Lefty Clicky to get yer harpy groove on now or Righty clicky to hear the vibrations later!                                                                                                                                                               

1) Soul Vibrations – AfroHarping                                                                                                   00:01

2) Feeling Good – The Fantastic Jazz Harp of Dorothy Ashby                                                  03:13

3) Myself When Young – The Rubiyat of Dorothy Ashby                                                          08: 18 

4) Truth Spoken Here – Dorothy’s Harp                                                                                       13:33

5) Heaven and Hell – The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby                                                               16:06

6) My Favorite Things – Django/Misty                                                                                         19:12

7) Fool On the Hill -Dorothy’s Harp                                                                                               24:46

8) Anto de Ossanha  – Dorothy’s Harp                                                                                          28:07

9) Nabu Corfa – The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby                                                    31:24

10) The Windmills of Your Mind – Dorothy’s Harp                                                                     35:07

11) Little Sunflower – Afro-Harping                                                                                              38:07

12) Essence Of A Sapphire – The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby                              41:40

13) What Am I Here For – The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby                                 44:48

14) Flighty – The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby                                                         47:04

15) Pawky – In a Minor Groove                                                                                                     50:27

16) Joyful Grass And Grape – The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby                                               57:28

17) The House of the Rising Sun – The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby                 1:01:01

18) The Moving Finger Jazz – The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby                                            1:03:53

19) Theme From Valley Of The Dolls – Afro-Harping                                                            1:09:27

20) This Girl’s in Love With You – Dorothy’s Harp                                                                 1:12:55

21) Dust – The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby                                                                              1:15:28

22) Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise – Django /Misty                                                               1:18:14

White Rhino


White Rhino <— Left clicky to enjoy now with your favorite strain or Righty Clicky to save enjoy later under the table.

A Dorothy Ashby induced album. Not too many jazz harpists out there,other than Alice Turiyasangitananda Coltrane. If you know of any other jazz harpists or vibraphonist let me know.
Enjoy with your favorite strain
01 – Because-Come Together – George Benson
02 – The Windmills of Your Mind – Dorothy Ashby
03 – Incense – Herbie Mann
04 – Light My Fire – Ananda Shankar
05 – A Hundred Pounds Of Collie – Cornell Campbell
06 – Dub Apocalypse 2011-02-06
07 – Champagne & Reefer – Muddy Waters
08 – Storming The Death Star – Roots Radics Band
09 – This Girl’s in Love with You – Dorothy Ashby
10 – Clair De Lune – Jacques Loussier
11 – Coutchi Dub – Niney & The Soul Syndicate
12 – Love and Peace – Club d’elf 2010-08-26
13 – Mother Earth – Memphis Slim
14 – Don’t Bogart Me – The Fraternity of Man
15 – Outlaws – Bill Frisell With Dave Holland and Elvin Jones
16 -The Moving Finger – Dorothy Ashby