Hip Harp (Clear Vinyl)

Hip Harp (Clear Vinyl)

Born in Detroit in 1932 Dorothy Ashby can be easily recognized as the woman who gave the harp a Jazz voice.

Artist: Dorothy Ashby

Genre: Jazz


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In her hands, the harp, an originally classical instrument which seemed to just scare people, became a highly versatile swinging voice able to drive a whole jazz rhythm section. Recorded in 1958 by master Rudy Van Gelder and originally released on the Prestige label, Hip Harp is a perfect example of Ashby’s artistry. At the head of a fine quartet featuring the great Frank Wess on flute, Herman Wright on Bass and master Art Taylor on drums, Ashby creates a unique combination of deeply Jazz elements expressed through a totally new sound.

About the artist

Dorothy Jeanne Thompson, better known as Dorothy Ashby, was an American jazz harpist, singer and composer.

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