Welcome back to Sunday music on Robert Frost’s Banjo—& this week it’s even posting on Sunday.
We’re wrapping up this month’s feature on Dorothy Ashby with the opening track from her 1970 Cadet album The Rubaiyat of DorothyAshby. This release not only features Ashby as a vocalist, but she also plays koto in addition to harp. The Allmusic review I’ve linked to the album title is well worth a read; reviewer Thom Jurek concludes his write-up with this statement: “For those who remain open, this may be her greatest moment on record.”
For those who are interested, here’s a Wikisource link to Edward Fitzgerald’s famous 19th century translation of “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”; the poems provide the text for Ashby’s songs.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this look at Ashby’s work & have been inspired to explore her music more thoroughly.
Image links to its source on Wiki Commons:
“This is the cover art for The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby by the artist Dorothy Ashby. The cover art copyright is believed to belong to the label, Cadet, or the graphic artist(s).” Wiki Commons claims “Fair Use” for the image.