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Dorothy AshbyAfro-Harping ... CD
Cadet/Verve, 1968. Used ... $22.99
One of the grooviest records ever – a sublime blend of African percussion, soulful orchestrations, and Dorothy Ashby's amazing electric harp! By the time of this landmark album, Dorothy had been knocking around the jazz world for a number of years, but it wasn't until she hooked up with Richard Evans at Cadet Records that her sound really began to cook – breaking down genres and expectations in the trademark style of the best late 60s sides from the Chicago underground. The record's got a bit of funk, a bit of jazz, and a heck of a lot of soul – and the setting works perfectly for Dorothy's harp, giving it a lot more room to work around than some of her smaller jazz combo albums. The album includes two great originals – "Soul Vibrations" and "Afro-Harping" – both of which have a nice funky edge, and a groovy soulful bounce – and other tunes include "Lonely Girl", "Life Has Its Trials", "Look Of Love", "Come Live With Me", and a great version of Freddie Hubbard's "Little Sunflower". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dorothy AshbyDorothy's Harp ... CD
Cadet (Japan), 1969. Used ... $18.99
One of the grooviest Dorothy Ashby albums of the 60s – a set that has her already-great jazz work on harp backed by Chicago soul arrangements from Richard Evans – all in a blend that's somewhere in the territory of the Soulful Strings, but even groovier! And as an added bonus, Odell Brown even plays a bit of Fender Rhodes on the record – which sounds especially great! Both Ashby and Evans are at the height of their powers here – mixing together bits of jazz, soul, and trippier elements in a sublime late 60s Cadet Records blend – one that's carried off perfectly on the original tunes "Truth Spoken Here", "Tornado", "Cause I Need It", and "Just Had To Tell Somebody" – but which also sounds great on some of the album's cool covers too! Other titles include Brazilian numbers "Reza" and "Canto De Ossanha" – both of which are transformed in Dorothy's hands – plus "This Girl's In Love", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", and "Windmills of Your Mind"! CD
(Out of print.)

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Dorothy AshbyFantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby ... CD
Atlantic/Spellbound (Germany), 1965. New Copy ... $9.99
"Fantastic" is right – because Dorothy Ashby is one of the coolest, grooviest people to ever lay her fingers on a harp – and just about one of the few who've ever found a way to use the instrument in a jazz-based setting! This mid 60s date is a pivotal one for Ashby – as it has her opening up with some groovier touches than on her previous jazz records for Savoy and Prestige – a bit more of the sound that would showcase more strongly on her Chess/Cadet albums, given a nice sort of Atlantic sense of soul here! Players here are very hip – and include Richard Davis on bass, Grady Tate on drums, and Willie Bobo on percussion – plus an expanded trombone section on a few titles too. Tracks include "Flighty", "Nabu Corfa", "Dodi Li", "Invitation", "I Will Follow You", "House Of The Rising Sun", and "Essence of Sapphire". CD

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✨✧ Dorothy AshbyAfro-Harping ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of her grooviest records ever! Dorothy plays her fantastic harp over large arrangements by Richard Evans – with that amazing crossover Chicago sound of the late 60s that you hear on the best Cadet albums by Evans and Charles Stepney. There's a bit of funk, a bit of baroque jazz, and a heck of a lot of soul – and the setting works perfectly for Dorothy's harp, giving it a lot more room to work around than some of her smaller jazz combo albums. The album includes two great originals – "Soul Vibrations" and "Afro-Harping" – both of which have a nice funky edge to them! Other tunes include "Lonely Girl", "Life Has Its Trials", "Look Of Love", "Come Live With Me", and a great version of Freddie Hubbard's "Little Sunflower". LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some sooty smudges around the edges.)
Also available Afro-Harping ... CD 22.99

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✨✧ Dorothy AshbyIn A Minor Groove/Hip Harp ... CD
Prestige, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 of Dorothy Ashby's classic Prestige sessions – back to back on one CD! First up is material from Hip Harp – great stuff by the grooviest artist ever to play a harp! Dorothy Ashby had a unique soul jazz harp sound, and although the instrument she used is probably more thought of in terms of bedtime lullabies, she actually makes it swing nicely, and with a soulful sound that draws back to traditions of African stringed instruments. Ashby was part of the same scene as Yusef Lateef, and like Lateef, she managed to use odd instrumentation in new contexts, to get a very unique jazz sound. This set's got harp and flute in the lead, and features the tracks "Pawky", "Charmaine", "Jollity", and "Back Talk". On In A Minor Groove, Ashby she swings with an other-wordly quality that's simply amazing, quite exotic, and very much in the camp of players like Yusef Lateef or Les Jazz Modes, who were trying similar experiments in jazz. This session features Dorothy in a quartet with the flute of Frank Wess, the bass of Herman Wright, and the drums of Roy Haynes, whose warm lyrical touches provide the perfect melodicism for the group. Titles include "Rascallity", "Bohemia After Dark", "Taboo", "Autumn In Rome", and "It's A Minor Thing". CD

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✨✧ Dorothy AshbyRubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby ... CD
Cadet/Dusty Groove, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible work from the amazing Dorothy Ashby – a brilliant set of funky and spiritual tunes, set to full backings from Chicago soul arranger Richard Evans! This album is easily one of Ashby's greatest, and it's dedicated to the writings of Omar Khayyam – one of the forces guiding Dorothy's more spiritual sound at the end of the 60s, clearly opened up in a way that's not unlike the direction of Alice Coltrane's work, but a lot more focused and a lot more funky! Ashby not only plays her usual jazz harp, but also koto as well, and even sings a bit too – and the larger group directed by Evans features work by Stu Katz on vibes and kalimba, Lenny Druss on flutes, and Cash McCall on guitar – all in a groove that's really a precursor to the Earth Wind & Fire generation of the Chicago scene! Titles include the amazing break "The Moving Finger" – worth the price of the album alone – plus "Dust", "Joyful Grass & Grape", "Heaven & Hell", "Wax & Wane", "Shadow Shapes", "For Some When Young", "Myself When Young", and "Drink". CD
(Out of print. On the Dusty Groove label.)

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✨✧ Dorothy AshbyRubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Incredible work from the amazing Dorothy Ashby – a brilliant set of funky and spiritual tunes, set to full backings from Chicago soul arranger Richard Evans! This album is easily one of Ashby's greatest, and it's dedicated to the writings of Omar Khayyam – one of the forces guiding Dorothy's more spiritual sound at the end of the 60s, clearly opened up in a way that's not unlike the direction of Alice Coltrane's work, but a lot more focused and a lot more funky! Ashby not only plays her usual jazz harp, but also koto as well, and even sings a bit too – and the larger group directed by Evans features work by Stu Katz on vibes and kalimba, Lenny Druss on flutes, and Cash McCall on guitar – all in a groove that's really a precursor to the Earth Wind & Fire generation of the Chicago scene! Titles include the amazing break "The Moving Finger" – worth the price of the album alone – plus "Dust", "Joyful Grass & Grape", "Heaven & Hell", "Wax & Wane", "Shadow Shapes", "For Some When Young", "Myself When Young", and "Drink". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Dorothy AshbyJazz Harpist ... CD
Savoy, 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
Jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby has always had one of the most unusual sounds around – and even though it might sound a bit crazy at first, her mix of harp playing with tight jazzy backing is always a winning combination. This early album has Ms Ashby playing with a groovy little combo that includes Frank Wess on flute, Ed Thigpen on drums, and Wendell Marshall on bass. Even at this early age, Dorothy shows her writing skills well with the originals "Aeolian Groove, "Lamentation", and "Spicy" – and she does a nice job with the other standards she chooses to cover. A nice record, with a soulful sound that you wouldn't expect! CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Maeve Gilchrist & Viktor KraussVignette ... CD
Adventure, 2017. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
Very cool sounds from Maeve Gilchrist – a jazz harpist by trade, and one of the few artists in a legacy that also includes the great Dorothy Ashby! Maeve's work here is maybe a bit more contemporary – set to some of her own keyboard lines, and a mixture of bass, guitar, cello, and keyboard from Viktor Krauss – in a style that begins in jazz, but also moves out into some other territory too! The record's got an acoustic core, with the harp often very upfront in the mix – and more depth than any sort of simple soundscape use of the instrument. Titles include "Rusted", "Curbside At 3am", "Vignette", "Waimea Rising", "Split Window", "Apricity", and "Octave". CD

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Prince Lasha EnsembleInsight ... CD
Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1966. New Copy ... $7.99 12.98
Tremendous work from the legendary Prince Lasha – a rare UK-only date from 1966 – and one that has the reedman working away from more familiar contemporaries like Sonny Simmons and Eric Dolphy! The approach on this session is very unique – as Lasha includes harp with the instrumentation, played by David Snell in a style that's right up there with Dorothy Ashby's best jazz work. Pianist Stan Tracey is also on board – playing beautiful notes that have a sharp modern edge, while still falling on the inside of the spectrum – and Lasha himself is especially great – blowing plastic alto sax and wooden flute, both of which have a slightly offbeat sound – but one that's surprisingly warm, which makes the album one of his most sensitive and soulful sessions ever! The tunes are a mix of standards and originals – and there's a wonderful sense of balance here – sounds that are sometimes more inside than other records from Lasha, but which have a really Dolphy-like sense of expression – right at home amidst a wider history of jazz, yet also reaching for new ideas at the same time. Pure genius throughout, and a record that was never made available to audiences in the US. Titles include "Nuttin Out Jones", "Impressions Of Eric Dolphy", "Out Of Nowhere", "Just Friends", "Body & Soul", and "Everything Happens To Me". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Harvey MasonFunk In A Mason Jar (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
Smooth soulful jazz from Harvey Mason – one of his strong 70s winners for the Arista album, and a record that really brings a new level of class to his sound! There's less of the grit in the grooves than you might expect from the down-home reference of the title – and in a way, the record's a similar shift to well-produced R&B as Michael Henderson or Norman Connor's work from the same time – a soaring, fluid groove that's still supported by solid jazz instrumentation, but which also has a nice dose of soul in the mix! Players here are a real all-star lineup – with talents that include Dorothy Ashby, George Benson, Ronnie Foster, Bob James, and Phil Upchurch – and most cuts have vocals, by The Waters and others. But possibly best of all is the production – which is by Harvey, and really wonderful – sophisticated and smooth, but never slick – a really careful balance that really puts him right up there with Norman Connors or Roy Ayers! Titles include "Pack Up Your Bags", "Till You Take My Love", "Funk In A Mason Jar", "What's Going On", "Set It Free", "Space Cadets" and "Freedom Either Way". CD features bonus single mixes of "Pack Up Your Bags" and "Till You Take My Love". CD

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✨✧ Flora PurimNothing Will Be As It Was Tomorrow ... LP
Warner, 1977. Very Good ... $0.99
Quite different from Flora's earlier work, but in a way that we find quite compelling! The record was produced by Leon Ndugu Chancler, and it's got a smooth fusion sound that's kind of in a southern California R&B mode, played by a huge range of excellent Brazilian and west coast talents that include Patrice Rushen, Dorothy Ashby, Fred Jackson, Raul De Souza, Toninho Horta, and Airto. While this sound overwhelms the core of Flora's usual Brazilian jazz approach, it also expands some of the tracks to a great groove – with Flora's vocals on top, stretching out in a whole new way! Includes a great English language version of the Milton Nascimento classic "Nada Sera Como Antes", plus the cuts "You Love Me Only", "I'm Coming For Your Love", "Corre Nina", "Angels", "Bridges", and "Fairy Tale Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original inner sleeve. Cover has some staining.)

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Johnny ScottCommunication ... LP
Columbia (UK), 1967. Very Good ... $39.99
A very cool small combo set from Johnny Scott – the British jazzman who'd also be known for his larger arrangements and soundtrack work! This set features a quintet with a very cool vibe – flute from Johnny, tenor from Duncan Lamont, and harp from David Snell – which gives the whole thing a nice sort of Dorothy Ashby vibe! Titles include "Mode Moderne", "Morning Theories", "Communication", "Girls Were Made To Love & Kiss", "MV4", and "Eleanor". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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Hozan Yamamoto & Sharps & FlatsBeautiful Bamboo Flute (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Victor/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold ... $26.99
One of the coolest albums ever cut by Japanese wood flute player Hozan Yamamoto – a set that has him working with very groovy backings from the Sharps & Flats ensemble – who almost give the whole thing an MPS label blending of funky jazz and world music sounds! The approach is wonderful – a bit more upbeat and swinging than some of Yamamoto's other records, as Nobuo Hara leads the larger group with a totally cool sound – which makes the flute lines a sweet exotic touch over straightforward, soul-drenched, big band jazz! We might even link the sound to some of Dorothy Ashby's grooviest albums for Chess/Cadet – although with flute, instead of harp – and titles include "Komoro Mago-Uta", "Soma Bon-Uta", "Kokirio Bushi", "Sado Okesa", "Tairyo Utaikomi", and "Kuroda-Bushi". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the amazing Deep Jazz Reality series!)

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Brandee YoungerWax & Wane ... CD
Brandee Younger, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99
A hip harpist for the 21st Century – one of the few players on the instrument who've been able to carry on the soulful legacy of Dorothy Ashby in the 60s – while still also giving the instrument a new sort of placement in jazz! Brandee Younger's working here with production help from one of Robert Glasper's producers – and the album's got a well-rounded soulful sound – with some nice fusion touches and some other larger elements too – almost as if Dorothy Ashby had made it to the studio with Larry Mizell in the 70s! Other players include Anne Drummond on flute, Mark Whitfield on guitar, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Chelsea Baratz on tenor – and titles include remakes of the Ashby classics "Soul Vibrations", "Wax & Wane", and "Afro Harping" – plus the originals "Black Gold", "Ruby Echo", and "Ebony Haze". CD

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VariousJazz Ladies 1924 to 1962 – Pianists, Trumpets, Trombones, Saxes, Organs, & All Girl Bands (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $18.99 29.99
A whoppingly huge survey of the role of female talents in jazz – not just the usual singers who are so often put at the foreground of the female jazz canon, but also a range of instrumentalists and female jazz groups – all pulled together here in material from the earliest days of jazz on up to the start of the 60s! The package features one full disc on piano players – 23 tracks by artists as diverse as Joyce Collins, Jutta Hipp, Terry Pollard, Toshiko Akioshi, Lil Armstrong, Mary Lou Williams, Dorothy Donegan, and Patti Brown – a very well-selected batch that includes some great surprises! The next disc features musicians on a range of instruments – from trumpeter Clora Bryant, to organist Shirley Scott, alto saxophonist Vi Redd, harpist Dorothy Ashby, and trombonist Melba Liston – plus some more obscure names as well! The last CD is a great overview of all-girl bands, with an especially strong focus on the swing years – with work by The Hip Chicks, Ina Ray Hutton, Ivy Benton, Mary Lou Williams, Beryl Booker, and The International Sweethearts Of Rhythm. As usual with Disques Fremeaux, the package is huge – 70 titles in all, plus detailed notes in French and English! CD

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✨✧ Bei Bei & Shawn LeeYear Of The Funky ... CD
Legere (France), 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very cool sounds from the duo of Bei Bei and Shawn Lee – and a set we love even more than their previous collaboration! The sound here is very spare, but in the best sort of way – as it allows for plenty of focus on the exotic harp sounds provided by Bei Bei, which are then set to funky rhythms from Shawn Lee – an artist you'll know from countless wonderful records over the past decade or so! The mix of harp and funk is very much in the best style of the Dorothy Ashby albums for Chess/Cadet – but the minimal approach is a bit different, too – and makes for an even more exotic funk vibe overall. Titles include "Love In Hong Kong", "Soft Dream", "Attenzione", "Year Of The Funky", "Kang Ding Love", "Bossa Rossa", "Water Lotus", and "Black Nylon". CD

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✨✧ VariousBlack Gold – Samples, Breaks, & Rare Groove From The Chess Records Archives ... CD
Chess/Universal (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible sounds from the Chess Records catalog – not the blues that you might know the label for, but a huge range of funk, soul, and jazz tracks from the headiest years of the 60s and 70s – a time when the Chicago scene was really turning out some incredible musical hybrids! As you'd guess from the title, all the cuts here have had a new life in recent years – thanks to samples by hip hop artists or other producers – but the original grooves are even better than the tracks that used them, and come together here to make one of the most mindblowing collections of Chess material we've ever heard! The package is nicely heavy on sounds from the Cadet/Concept years of the label – with more than a few contributions from producers Charles Stepney and Richard Evans – and the package features 42 wonderful tracks – including "Fonky Thang Diamon Ring" by The Dells, "Windmills Of Your Mind" by Dorothy Ashby, "I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun" by Rotary Connection, "Jelly Jam" by Jack McDuff, "The Getaway" by Alvin Cash, "In My Body's House" by Gene Chandler, "Cross Country" by Archie Whitewater, "Memory Band" by Rotary Connection, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by Jimmy Ponder, "Inside Out" by American Gypsy, "Go Go Power" by Sugar Pie DeSanto, "Shake It Up" by The Vibrations, "Up Above The Rock" by Ray Bryant, "Bad Moon Rising" by Bo Diddley, "Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Be Do Da Day" by Eddie Fisher, "Humpin Bumpin & Thumpin" by Andre Williams, "Who Got The Number" by Pigmeat Markham, "Walk On By" by Jo Ann Garrett, "Chocolate Candy" by Soulful Strings, "Got To Get Your Own (7" version)" by Reuben Wilson, "Hanky's Panky (7" version)" by Shirley Scott, "Liberation Conversation" by Marlena Shaw, "Look Of Love" by Monk Higgins, and "Think About It" by Odell Brown & The Organizers. CD

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✨✧ Bei Bei & Shawn LeeYear Of The Funky ... LP
Legere (France), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Very cool sounds from the duo of Bei Bei and Shawn Lee – and a set we love even more than their previous collaboration! The sound here is very spare, but in the best sort of way – as it allows for plenty of focus on the exotic harp sounds provided by Bei Bei, which are then set to funky rhythms from Shawn Lee – an artist you'll know from countless wonderful records over the past decade or so! The mix of harp and funk is very much in the best style of the Dorothy Ashby albums for Chess/Cadet – but the minimal approach is a bit different, too – and makes for an even more exotic funk vibe overall. Titles include "Love In Hong Kong", "Soft Dream", "Attenzione", "Year Of The Funky", "Kang Ding Love", "Bossa Rossa", "Water Lotus", and "Black Nylon". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ OlympiansSirens Of Jupiter/Apollo's Mood ... 7-inch
Daptone, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two fantastic tracks from this ultra-hip groove! "Sirens Of Jupiter" has some harp lines over a blacksploitation groove at the start – almost hinting at a Dorothy Ashby vibe, before the excellent horn part takes over and really opens up the soul of the tune! "Apollo's Mood" has an equally exotic vibe, and a slower groove – one that's almost got a Wu-Tang sort of keyboard part over the spacey stepping lines at the start – the more great horns once things get going! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Johnny ScottFragment (7 inch EP) ... 7-inch
Moscovitch (UK), 1965. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... Out Of Stock
Totally great soundtrack material from the great Johnny Scott – working here in more of the jazz mode in which he began his career, but already with an ear for some of the deeper, darker sides of the spectrum! The music's maybe a bit in the mode of some of the great Kenyon Hopkins soundtracks from the early 60s – jazz at the core, sometimes swinging, sometimes modern – performed by a small combo that features Scott on flute and alto, Duncan Lamont on tenor, Arthur Watts on bass, and Barry Morgan on drums and bongos – plus the great David Snell on harp, working here in his role as the Dorothy Ashby of the UK! Titles include "Night Of Love", "Ride In A Pontiac", "Waiting/Revelation", "Saved", and "Flashback". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Smith-Glamann QuartetPoinciana ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most unusual groups to ever record for Bethlehem Records in the 50s – a special combo that's led by Betty Glamann on harp and Rufus Smith on bass – and who work here with an airy sound that's pretty darn nice! Glamann beats Dorothy Ashby on the jazz harp by a few years, and uses the instrument in a great style that's plucked one minute, strummed the next – creating these waves of sound that ring out wonderfully next to Smith's careful work on bass. Other instrumentation includes guitar from Barry Galbraith, drums from Frank Garisto, and accordion from Nick Perito – but the main focus is often on Glamann's instrument, which gets plenty of room for solo space. The overall sound is pretty cool, as the stringed instruments intertwine with the accordion lines, making for a dream mix of melodies – and titles include "Poinciana", "Liza", "Laura", "Now Get Out", "Lotus Land", and "Pulling Strings". CD
 
 
 



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