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“Snowfall”: Soulful + Strings

The Soulful Strings evoke the magic of falling snow — thanks to Dorothy Ashby‘s harp — on their classic instrumental track, “Snowfall“: “Snowfall” by The Soulful Strings (1968) Discogs helps us appreciate how The Soulful Strings were able to create an identifiable sound despite only playing other people’s material: “The

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"Soul Vibrations"

Dorothy Ashby’s Jazz Harp

Just as Rufus Harley expanded the musical possibilities of the bagpipes, Dorothy Ashby likewise liberated the harp from its orchestral internment.  Dorothy Ashby was, as it says on her 1957 debut album, a “jazz harpist” — though not strictly.  1968’s “Soul Vibrations” as you can hear, also incorporates funk and

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