Whether you plan to cuddle with another warm body or just hang by yourself this incredibly cold weekend, we've got the ideal soundtrack for you right here: Detroit's harp-playing jazzist Dorothy Ashby.
Ashby was the original genius of the harp in jazz , paving the way for the also-Detroit-born Alice Coltrane.
We're particularly enamored with Afro Harping (Cadet, 1968). This relentlessly funky and diverse album is a joy from start to end, but the opening track “Soul Vibrations” begs repeated plays.
Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...