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 - Afro-Harping

  • Dorothy Ashby

    Afro-Harping LP (1968)

    Cadet Records

Ranked #53 in the Soul Strut 200

The first of two albums by female jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby that got a signature Richard Evans groovy soul-jazz makeover for the Chess subsidiary Cadet. There is much debate as to which album is better, this or the follow up, 1970's The Rubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby.  This album may hold a little more weight thanks to the "Pete Rock effect". Regardless of the wall of fame hype, Afro-Harping is a sharp soul-jazz album with two really killer funky cuts; the mystically spooky "Soul Vibrations" and the aforementioned Pete Rock sampled "Come Live with Me".  After 1970's The Rubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby, Ashby would not make another album until 1983. She filled in the gap collaborating on sessions by such jazz funkers as Wade Marcus and Bobbi Humphrey.


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