As a trumpeter, composer, and an arranger, Roy Hargrove has been a mainstay of the contemporary music scene in a variety of formats for nearly two decades. Nevertheless, his big band experience has been limited mostly to his appearances with the Dizzy Gillespie
All-Star Big Band, with which he has most ably proved himself an heir to the late trumpet legend's mantle. Hargrove has been steadily accumulating big band experience in his own right since 1995, however, and Emergence is therefore most aptly titled, for it represents Hargrove's full-fledged emergence into the large ensemble idiom.
While the tone poem "Requiem," by composer and trombonist Frank Lacy
, was probably intended as the CD's tour de force, it's a major disappointment. After a most promising brass fanfare, with an arpeggiated woodwind countermelody reminiscent of Ravel's "Daphnis et Chloe," "Requiem" lapses into an eight-minute ostinato vamp under self-indulgent alto and trombone solos, accompanied only by the rhythm section. Eight minutes is an unusually long time for the full band to lay out, and Hargrove's own contribution is limited to a few brief exchanges with the trumpet section. The saving grace is the recapitulation of the opening tutti.
On the other hand, the remainder of Emergence exhibits Hargrove in full flight as captain of his 19-piece ensemble. Arrangements have been furnished by baritone saxophonist Jason Marshall (the hard-bopping "Ms. Garvey, Ms. Garvey"), bass trombonist Max Siegel (a Stan Kenton
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KPLU885 | December 03, 2009 Trumpeter Roy
Hargrove performed live at KPLU's Seattle studios on
December 2, 2009, during his 6-day performances at Jazz
Alley. This studio visit is hosted by Abe Beeson. Hargrove
was accompanied by pianist Jonathan Batiste, bassist
Ameen Saleem, saxophonist Justin Robinson, and drummer
Montez Coleman. Roy says, "The working title right now is
June 06, 2009
Awesome performance of the jazz standard "Invitation" from
Roy Hargrove. From the "Legends of Jazz" Series
DVD.The DVD includes performances, interviews and
Roy Hargrove at Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on
August 25, 2007. Only 47 seconds, but you get to see him
The Roy Hargrove Quintet playing "IN YOUR FACE"
at the CATALINA DRIFT in 2007. Montez Coleman on
Roy Hargrove playing beautifully on the flugelhorn on
"I Remember Clifford" with Dizzy Gillespie All Stars in
A very young Roy Hargrove with the Metropole Jazz
Orchestra at the North Sea Jazz Festival playing on "It Ain't
Poignant rendition of "Fools Rush In"(Mercer/Bloom)
by Roy Hargrove on the flugelhorn last night at Marina da
Gloria ... Roy Hargrove in Rio - 2006.