Dorothy Ashby is one of those undersold luminaries who has brought such a profound voice to the world of music that though her name may be unknown to some, her sound is unmistakeable both on her own records as well as on recordings for other artists (Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Bobby Womack, Bobbi Humphrey, Freddie Hubbard) and within samples of even more (J Dilla, Jay Z, Kanye West, Pete Rock, The GZA, Phife Dawg, Flying Lotus, Madlib, Jurassic 5, Angie Stone and Ghostface Killah).
As we celebrate her legacy, check out some of her most profound works and their lasting effect on the music!
Dorothy Ashby’s “Games”
Stevie Wonder’s “If It’s Magic”
Bill Withers’ “Stories”
Dorothy Ashby’s “Come Live With Me”
Dorothy Ashby’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”
Dorothy Ashby’s “Canto De Ossanha”
Dorothy Ashby’s “Cause I Need It”