Dorothy Ashby

Dorothy's Harp

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Music On Vinyl

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Dorothy Ashby was an American jazz harpist, one of the very few who used her instrument to play credible jazz and bebop. First studying as a pianist at Wayne State University and later, in 1952, switching to harp. She recorded eleven albums for different jazz labels, like Savoy and Prestige. Dorothy also guested as a studio player on albums with Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder and many more. In 1969 the studio album Dorothy’s Harp was released on Cadet Records. On the album she covered songs from Jimmy Webb (“By The Time I Get To Phoenix”), Burt Bacharach & Hal David (“This Girl’s In Love With You”), John Lennon & Paul McCartney (“Fool On The Hill”), and others. The record also includes the two Brazilian styled compositions “Reza” and “Canto de Ossanha” and two songs written by Dorothy Ashby herself, displaying her craft on the harp with some great bongo work.

In the 90s and beyond, the album started to be sought after by hip hop artists. Pete Rock (from Pete Rock & CL Smooth), Rahzel (from The Roots) and Ugly Duckling were notable for sampling music from "Dorothy’s Harp".

Re-released here via Music On Vinyl, on limited blue vinyl and sounding as good as ever!


A1 By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Written-By – Jimmy Webb

A2 Canto De Ossanha
Written-By – Powell, DeMoraes

A3 Love Is Blue
Written-By – Pott, Blackburn

A4 Reza
Written-By – Edu Lobo, Ruy Guerra

A5 This Girl's In Love With You
Written-By – Bacharach-David

A6 Truth Spoken Here
Written-By – Richard Evans 

B1 Toronado
Written-By – Richard Evans 

B2 The Windmills Of Your Mind
Written-By – M.A. Burgman, Legrand

B3 Cause I Need It
Written-By – Dorothy Ashby

B4 Just Had To Tell Somebody
Written-By – Dorothy Ashby

B5 Fool On The Hill
Written-By – Lennon-McCartney

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