Cadet is quickly becoming one of my favorite labels. Something about their recordings have an unscripted funkiness to them. This is the prime example as producer Richard Evans (of Soulful Strings fame) and harpist Dorothy Ashby team up to create a funky harp album. And with all those NY producers sampling harps and strings back in the day, this record has achieved that on the record store wall ooooh that's that harp ish fame (and easily goes for $100-200). Once "Come Live with Me" was featured on Dusty Fingers, the secret truly was out. That wicked drum and bassline intro took heads in, then snapped it with the unfamiliar harp floating over the beats. The other big tune here is the drum heavy "Soul Vibrations" with the eerie "Dunwich Horror" synthesizer thrown in to haunting effect. Listen here as Dorothy solos like you never knew a harp could. The rest of the album is more in the bossa-nova style, but as witnessed this is one of those infinite sample records. Ten tracks in all. Official repress courtesy of Geffen Records.
- official repress
- music label: Geffen Records 2018
reviewed by the mgmnt 10/2005