Just as Rufus Harley expanded the musical possibilities of the bagpipes, Dorothy Ashby likewise liberated the harp from its orchestral internment. Dorothy Ashby, as it says on her 1957 debut album, was a “jazz harpist” – though not strictly. 1968’s “Soul Vibrations,” as you can hear, would also incorporate funk and electronic sounds into the musical mix:
“Soul Vibrations” Dorothy Ashby 1968
“Soul Vibrations” would find release as a promo 7-inch on Cadet, a jazz subsidiary of Chess (its flip side “Lonely Girl” – says the 45 – is “from Paramount film Harlow“).
Who’s Counting? This is the sixteenth Zero to 180 piece thus far tagged as Jazz.