Beefy and uplifting set of Motown-esque instrumental groove from 1968, Dorothy leading with watery harp ripplings. Drums, stinging tambourine, conga and bongos mixed loud, pumping bass, strings, some squiggly moog solos, mandatory flute spaciness and lots of reverb.
Be-bop Jazz Noodling - on the harp!!!! I can almost hear you laughing now. But wait, put those predjudices away and listen to this album. If you can only think of jazz played by cats on horns, or your only image of a harp is on the side of a pint of Guiness be prepared for a shock. Dorothy Ashby was a classically trained harpist who could see the potential her instrument had for jazz. Accompanied by a wonderfully tight and funky small band she breaks open the songs here and reveals a lighter more sublime side to jazz. Rather than the agressive attack that a sax or piano might have made her harp seeks not so much to blast you away as to envelop you in.
Why I've never heard of Dorothy Ashby before I just do not know! Found her by looking at samples used by Angie Stone: check out Come Live With Me from the album Stone Love. A beautiful track in it's own right but when you know where it's come from... I've now purchased most of Dorothy's output and if I haven't then I've found it on Youtube! This album and maybe 'Dorothy's Harp' are the funkiest of them, a sampler's heaven. Also, if you have anything of hers on vinyl you may be sitting on some serious money!