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  • Audio CD (7 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Avid Jazz
  • ASIN: B00J2ASW7W
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Thou Swell (Jazz Harpist) 4:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Stella by Starlight (Jazz Harpist) 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Dancing on the Ceiling (Jazz Harpist) 7:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Aeolian Groove (Jazz Harpist) 4:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Quietude (Jazz Harpist) 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Spicy (Jazz Harpist) 3:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Lamentation (Jazz Harpist) 4:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Pawky (Hip Harp) 7:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Moonlight in Vermont (Hip Harp) 5:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
10. Back Talk (Hip Harp) 5:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
11. Dancing in the Dark (Hip Harp) 4:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
12. Charmaine (Hip Harp) 4:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
13. Jollity (Hip Harp) 3:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
14. There's a Small Hotel (Hip Harp) 5:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
15. Rascallity (In a Minor Groove) 3:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
16. You'd Be so Nice to Come Home To (In a Minor Groove) 3:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
17. It's a Minor Thing (In a Minor Groove) 3:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
18. Yesterdays (In a Minor Groove) 4:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
19. Bohemia After Dark (In a Minor Groove) 6:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
20. Taboo (In a Minor Groove) 6:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
21. Autumn in Rome (In a Minor Groove) 5:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
22. Alone Together (In a Minor Groove) 5:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
23. Lonely Melody (Dorothy Ashby) 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
24. Secret Love (Dorothy Ashby) 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
25. Gloomy Sunday (Dorothy Ashby) 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
26. Satin Doll (Dorothy Ashby) 4:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
27. John R (Dorothy Ashby) 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
28. Li'l Darlin' (Dorothy Ashby) 4:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
29. Booze (Dorothy Ashby) 2:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
30. Django From (Dorothy Ashby) 4:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
31. You Stepped out of a Dream (Dorothy Ashby) 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
32. Stranger in Paradise (Dorothy Ashby) 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
33. The Man I Love (Soft Winds) 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
34. My Ship (Soft Winds) 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
35. Love Is Here to Stay (Soft Winds) 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
36. I've Never Been in Love Before (Soft Winds) 2:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
37. Laura (Soft Winds) 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 

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AVID Jazz presents four classic Dorothy Ashby albums including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. 'Jazz Harpist', 'Hip Harp', 'In a Minor Groove', 'Dorothy Ashby' plus 5 tracks from 'Soft Winds' Dorothy Ashby was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1932 and began playing the piano at age eleven. She began taking an interest in the harp while at High School and later at University she was the harp accompanist to the choir and played harp with a concert band and orchestra. Of course the harp was not considered a jazz instrument when Ashby began her career and she can pretty much lay claim to being the first musician to play the harp as a solo instrument in the jazz arena. In fact on her first album 'The Jazz Harpist' she can also be acclaimed as a fine writer and arranger as well! Here she is joined by long time musical collaborator Frank Wess on flute, Eddie Jones on bass, Wendell Marshall also on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums. For 'Hip Harp' Dot is again joined by Frank Wess on flute alongside Herman Wright on bass and Arthur Taylor on drums. 'In A Minor Groove' contains all tunes set in.....a minor key! Similar to 'Hip Harp' also featuring Frank Wess on flute, this is jazz of the more subtle and relaxed variety. Also featured are Herman Wright again on bass and Roy Haynes on drums. The last paragraph from the original liner notes neatly sums up the album and playing. 'This album not only reiterates that jazz can be played with emotion by the 'quieter' instruments but demonstrates that a complete set of minor key tunes does not become wearing.......the minor is a constant stimulus to the ear...' For the self titled 'Dorothy Ashby' recorded in Chicago in 1961, Dotty is accompanied by Herman Wright again on bass and John Tooley on drums. Here is a selection of Ashby compositions and classic covers from the likes of John Lewis, Ellington, Strayhorn and Neal Hefti. Another quote from the original liner notes may help explain the sound of jazz led by a harpist! 'This is not hard jazz. This is an album that says jazz can, after all, be melodic, that can be gentle without being weak and can be sweet without being saccharine. What is done here is done well, the improvisation is creative, and in typical Dorothy Ashby thinking- it's done in beautiful taste. She is indeed a jazz harpist, and she does swing'. Don't be afraid to listen for yourselves, you may be pleasantly surprised!. All four albums plus have been digitally re-mastered

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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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Although the use of the harp in jazz dates back to the early-1930s (Caspar Reardon - who played with Jack Teagarden and Paul Whiteman - being credited as the first recorded soloist on the instrument), it has made little impact in the field. Problems as to amplification and the cumbersome nature of the instrument weighed against it. Dorothy Ashby, born in Detroit in 1932, originally played piano. She also sang folk songs on the radio. But in 1952 she bought a harp and a year later played her first professional job on the instrument in a Philadelphia club. She became the leading modern jazz exponent on the instrument and enjoyed a professional career over more than a quarter of a century, during which she played alongside the likes of Louis Armstrong and Woody Herman, and later in West Coast studio sessions with such as Stanley Turrentine and Sonny Criss.

This excellent 2-CD set captures her early work on 4 albums (plus a handful of tracks from a fifth), in good jazz company. Frank Wess (on flute) plays on the first three albums; there are strong rhythm teams throughout (including the likes of Wendell Marshall and Eddie Jones on bass, and Ed Thigpen, Art Taylor and Roy Haynes on drums); and the lady herself clearly demonstrates her ability to swing. Any sceptics should listen and see!!
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I've been a jazz fan for 40 years and had never heard of Dorothy Ashby. It was upon hearing from this album a flute solo segueing into a harp solo in my local music shop that I was drawn to enquire who it was. This is a very good collection and I would recommend it to anyone who wants some spirited, accomplished, 'easy-on-the-ear' jazz. I like the sound of a harp and never expected to hear it in a jazz setting, but Ashby pulls it off - and in esteemed company, too. First class all round.
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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 2 people found the following review helpful By David P. on 11 July 2014
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