- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album #1: Atlantic 1447 (1965)
- Original Album #2: Atlantic 1521 (1969)
Description by OLDIES.com:
The foremost jazz harpist in the world, Dorothy Ashby was always in demand by the royalty of jazz. On this selection, her harp playing is front and center on four selections that showcase her extraordinary talent as a performer and composer. Her set is paired with one by Junior Mance, the Chicago-born pianist known for his bluesy style. On this outing, Mance's jazz playing shines, as does the work of David Newman and other legendary sessionmen.
- 1.Before This Time Another Year
- 2.I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
- 3.That's All
- 4.Turning Point
- 6.Essence Of Sapphire
- 7.Why Did You Leave Me
- 8.I Will Follow You
- 9.What Am I Here For
- 10.House Of The Rising Sun (Trad. Arr.)
- 12.Nabu Corfa 7
- 13.Feeling Good
- 14.Dodi Li
2 LPs on 1 CD: THE FANTASTIC JAZZ HARP OF DOROTHY ASHBY (1965)/JUNIOR MANCE: LIVE AT THE TOP (1969).
THE FANTASTIC JAZZ HARP OF DOROTHY ASHBY:
Personnel includes: Dorothy Ashby (harp); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Richard Davis (bass); Grady Tate (drums); Willie Bobo (percussion).
Producers: Ollie McLaughlin, Arif Mardin.
Originally released on Atlantic (1447).
LIVE AT THE TOP:
Personnel: Junior Mance (piano); David Newman (tenor saxophone); Wilbur Little (bass); Rudy Collins (drums).
Producer: Joel Dorn.
Recorded live at The Village Gate, New York, New York. Originally released on Atlantic (1521).
This budget two-fer from the Jazz Collectables label teams up a pair of separate Atlantic recordings from jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby and pianist Junior Mance. On the 1965 release The Fantastic Jazz Harp of Dorothy Ashby, the harpist is joined by bassist Richard Davis, drummer Grady Tate, percussionist Willie Bobo, and a sporadic horn section on four Ashby originals and six standards. The four lengthy tracks that make up Live at the Top were recorded in 1968 featuring Mance at the piano with bassist Wilbur Little, drummer Rudy Collins, and guest David "Fathead" Newman, who plays flute on "That's All" and tenor sax on his composition "Turning Point." These albums are optional to aficionados but definitely not a good place to start with either of these artists. ~ Al Campbell