Saturday, 7 January 2012

Harping On

There's not enough harp in jazz, unless we're talking about Alice Coltrane, when there's sometimes too much. Dorothy Ashby (1932-1986) had a relatively short life, but a long career in jazz, first coming to prominence when she won the Downbeat International Jazz Critics Award in 1952: good going for a woman in a male dominated world, quite incredible for a harpist.

'Alone Together' is the title track from a lovely, melancholic LP she made with flautist / saxophonist Frank Wess in 1958. Dorothy got pretty poppy in later years, but, whatever the genre, she was always cool.

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