A MUST for anybody’s music collection. Jazz harpist, Dorothy Ashby went beyond Afro-Harping on this, her 1970 release. Rare is not the word. Impossible to find for years, I’m giving you this digital version because you deserve it.
First time I heard this was in the back seat of Dino’s 1963 Lincoln Continental Town Car. He had extra speakers under the seats and the driver was so far away from the back seat it seemed like a limo. It was cream on the outside, all black leather on the inside and it always left a trail of green gawkers on the sidewalks. It felt like a fancy boat. That backseat is where Dino turned me on to all my favorite lounge music artists. Cruising with Dino was always a musical masterclass and “cool” intensive. By the time we got to Port Washington to look for records Dino had formed my entire style of DJ’ing. Basically I bit it all directly from him. Helleaux. Is it too late to give props? I must owe a lot by now what with interest and penalties…
Later Dino would sometimes be known as “DJ Dino Djean” and together we would spin what we coined “The Big Sound of – Smalltalk” Smalltalk were tech trail blazers at Leshko’s with duelling iPods. We flew business class to Hollywood for the Mars Attacks premiere. Smalltalk – we were huge for a minute. Dino taught me plenty about DJ’ing and mood music, but most importantly I remember he taught me how and when to slow it down.
Here are three tracks from an important artist who was often featured in Dino’s Lincoln Town Car Masterclasses.
Dorothy Ashby – Afro Harping / Afro Harping
Dorothy Ashby – Drink / The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby
Dorothy Ashby – The Moving Finger / The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby