Dorothy Ashby – Afro-Harping
Afro-Harping is an album by jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby recorded in 1968 and released on the Cadet label.
Ron Wynn, in his review for Allmusic, calls the album "the best and most complete album done by jazz harpist (a rare style) Dorothy Ashby... She turned the harp into a lead instrument, and offered solos that were as tough and memorable as those done by any reed, brass, or percussion player.
A reviewer of Dusty Groove mentioned "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".
A1 Soul Vibrations
A3 Action Line
A4 Lonely Girl
A5 Life Has Its Trials
B2 Little Sunflower
B3 Theme From 'Valley Of The Dolls'
B4 Come Live With Me
B5 The Look Of Love