Dorothy Ashby - Dorothy Ashby

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A jazz harpist is a rare thing. First of all the harp is a rather unlikely instrument to swing. It’s an awfully difficult instrument to play really well and it demands technique that is incongruous with swinging. Perhaps as important is the thinking that the harp, by the very nature of the instrument, is likely to attract musicians who, in themselves, are improbable swingers. Dorothy Ashby is, then, a rare thing. She is indeed a jazz harpist and she does swing (...) This is not hard jazz. This is an album that says jazz can, after all, be melodic, that a thing can be gentle without being weak and can be sweet without being saccrine. What is done here is done well, the improvisation is creative, and in typical Dorothy Ashby thinking—it’s done in beautiful taste. Jim Rockwell Station WKMH, Detroit (from original liner notes).

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