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VOL № C049 — June 2021

The Rubáiyát Of Dorothy Ashby

Dorothy Ashby
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By the time she entered Ter-Mar Studios to record her third and final album for Cadet in late 1969, Dorothy Ashby had spent the better part of two decades convincing the world that she was a jazz harpist. But if The Rubáiyát of Dorothy Ashby makes anything clear, it is this: The harp was but one of her many means, and jazz was far from her only end.

Making good on the promise of Rubáiyát’s cover, here the fantastic jazz harpist just as often— just as convincingly—presides over the koto, a 13-stringed zither of arguable Japanese origin, to lay down her slinky solos. At times it feels as if Ashby, so long an outsider herself, is pulling the misfits of the bandstand up for their own overdue time to shine: On what other jazz record—or any slice of wax, for that matter—does a soloin...

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Release Type
1 lp
33 1/3 rpm
Vinyl Size
12 inch
180 gram
Foil Stamped
Tip-On; Single
Mastering Studio
Sterling Sound
Mastering Engineer
Ryan Smith
Remastering Details
(AAA) Lacquers Cut from the Original Analog Tapes by Ryan Smith, Sterling Sound
Listening Notes Booklet by Stephen Anderson
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