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Dorothy's Harp is a studio album by jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby released in 1969 via the Cadet label.[1][2] A few years after releasing Dorothy’s Harp, she started working with Stevie Wonder.[3][4] The record includes two Brazilian-touched compositions: "Reza" and "Canto de Ossanha". The album was re-released as a CD in 2006.

Dorothy's Harp
Dorothy’s Harp - album cover.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedMarch, 1969
StudioTer Mar Studios, Chicago.
GenreJazz, Soul-Jazz
LabelCadet LPS 825
ProducerRichard Evans
Dorothy Ashby chronology
Dorothy's Harp
The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby



A reviewer of Dusty Groove wrote "One of the grooviest Dorothy Ashby albums of the 60s – a set that has her already-great jazz work on harp backed by Chicago soul arrangements from Richard Evans – all in a blend that's somewhere in the territory of the Soulful Strings, but even groovier! And as an added bonus, Odell Brown even plays a bit of Fender Rhodes on the record – which sounds especially great! Both Ashby and Evans are at the height of their powers here – mixing together bits of jazz, soul, and trippier elements in a sublime late 60s Cadet Records blend – one that's carried off perfectly on the original tunes "Truth Spoken Here", "Tornado", "Cause I Need It", and "Just Had To Tell Somebody" – but which also sounds great on some of the album's cool covers too! Other titles include Brazilian numbers "Reza" and "Canto De Ossanha" – both of which are transformed in Dorothy's hands – plus "This Girl's In Love", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", and "Windmills of Your Mind"!".[5]

Track listingEdit

1."By The Time I Get To Phoenix"Jimmy Webb3:31
2."Canto De Ossanha"Baden Powell, Vinicius De Moraes3:37
3."Love Is Blue"André Popp, Bryan Blackburn2:53
4."Reza"Edu Lobo, Ruy Guerra3:01
5."The Girl's In Love with You"Burt Bacharach and Hal David2:50
6."Truth Spoken Here"Richard Evans2:52
7."Toronado"Richard Evans3:06
8."The Windmills of Your Mind"Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand3:22
9."Cause I Need It"Dorothy Ashby3:02
10."Just Had To Tell Somebody"Dorothy Ashby3:09
11."Fool on the Hill"John Lennon, Paul McCartney3:40
Total length:35:03


  • Design – Randy Harter
  • Electric piano [Fender] – Odell Brown
  • Engineer – Stu Black
  • Flute – Lennie Druss (tracks: B5)
  • Oboe – Lennie Druss (tracks: B3)
  • Photography – Jeff Lowenthal
  • Producer – Richard Evans


  1. ^ Cadet Album Discography (1965-1971) accessed April 13, 2016
  2. ^ "Dorothy Ashby – Dorothy's Harp". Discogs. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Dorothy Ashby: Dorothy's Harp". Revive Music. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Dorothy Ashby: Dorothy's Harp". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Dorothy Ashby Dorothy's Harp (180 gram pressing)". Dusty Groove. Retrieved 17 June 2018.

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