Dorothy Ashby With Frank Wess – Hip Harp

Hip Harp

Dorothy Ashby With Frank WessHip Harp Prestige PRLP 7140 (1958)

Dorothy Ashby’s second album expands upon her debut.  It’s jazz firmly in the hard bop mode, yet striving to do something different with the sub-genre.  She deploys some of the same techniques as she used on The Jazz Harpist before to imitate a guitar and sweep the strings on her harp to play glissandos.  But now it sounds a bit more purposeful, like she has more to express than just getting across those little tricks.  Flautist Frank Wess is with her again.  He plays more fluidly than on the debut, though his tone is a little harsh.