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Four Classic Albums Plus (Jazz Harpist / Hip Harp / In a Minor Groove / Dorothy Ashby) [Remastered]

Four Classic Albums Plus (Jazz Harpist / Hip Harp / In a Minor Groove / Dorothy Ashby) [Remastered]

6 Apr 2014

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 6 April 2014
  • Label: AVID Entertainment
  • Copyright: (c) 2014 AVID Ltd
  • Total Length: 2:35:46
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  • ASIN: B00JGGTSO8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,470 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
This new Avid 2 CD set covers output from 1957-1961 and will be a fascinating audio treat for those who have not heard of Dorothy Ashby or the harp as a jazz instrument. Sound transfers are very good as indeed is the price. More priceless music from a label dedicated to bring more jazz to the public...more please.

Dorothy Jeanne Thompson (1930-1986), better known as Dorothy Ashby, was a jazz harpist and also a composer. Not normally an instrument associated with jazz she developed the jazz harp past being a novelty showing just how the instrument could be integrated as much as a "bebop" instrument as the sax. Her albums were of the jazz genre, but often moved into R&B, world and other styles. Sound transfers very good.
Selected Discography
1957: The Jazz Harpist (Regent)
1958: Hip Harp (Prestige) - with Frank Wess
1958: In a Minor Groove (New Jazz) - with Frank Wess
1961: Dorothy Ashby (Argo)
1961: Soft Winds (Jazzland)
1965: The Fantastic Jazz Harp of Dorothy Ashby (Atlantic)
1968: Afro-Harping (Cadet)
1969: Dorothy's Harp (Cadet)
1970: The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby (Cadet)
1984: Django/Misty (Philips)
1984: Concierto de Aranjuez (Philips)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 April 2014
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I suspect that all five albums featured here originated as 10" LPs. "The Jazz Harpist" was recorded in August 1956 and issued on Regent; "Hip Harp" dates from March 1958, and was issued on Prestige, as was "In a Minor Groove" which was recorded in September 1958. "Dorothy Ashby" was recorded in August 1961 and issued on Argo, the same month as "Soft Winds" which was issued on Jazzland, and from which five of the ten tracks are included.

The harp is an unnatural instrument for jazz, mainly because its construction militates against the production of dynamic and rhythmic phrasing, but a few players have overcome the technical problems involved, including Dorothy Ashby. The first three albums include Frank Wess on flute, another unusual jazz instrument, which has a tendency to shrillness. This is laid-back chamber music jazz, which offers a selection of standards and Dorothy Ashby's own compositions, with excellent support from the differing rhythm sections. The flute is omitted from the self-titled album, and the rhythm section comes more to the fore, whilst the "Soft Winds" segment includes Terry Pollard on piano and vibraphone, and both albums concentrate on the standards. The music gains from this change of line-up, becoming more forceful and expressive.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David P. on 11 July 2014
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