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Lonnie Liston Smith, Roy Hargrove at New Morning

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Lonnie Liston Smith, Roy Hargrove New Morning Paris, France July 23, August 1, 2014 Among the nightly summer concerts staged at New Morning in Paris was a double dose of electronic funk and neo-soul sounds by multi-keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith and trumpeter Roy Hargrove. Each played to capacity audiences on humid nights that challenged the air-conditioning system of the spacious no-frills hall. Smith, 73, standing in front of the stage at an elevated electronic two-keyboard rack, was armed with a rhythm section of three young musicians plus a female vocalist. For this European ...

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Roy Hargrove Quintet at Jazz at the Centre

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Roy Hargrove Quintet Jazz at the CentreNorthwest Activities Center Detroit, Michigan January 11, 2014 It seems these days that some of the most crucial aspects of jazz are the ones being downplayed by those jazz artists that have become the darlings of the jazz media. Peruse any number of top ten lists from 2013 and you'll find that many of these titles lack those basic elements such as swing, the blues, and mastery of the jazz language. It is as if the heritage of the music has been jettisoned for a new fusion ...

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Roy Hargrove: Emergence

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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," ...

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Roy Hargrove: Earfood

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Trumpeter Roy Hargrove's 15th release, Earfood, is one of his best, showing that this not-so-young lion is in top shape. The disc features Justin Robinson (alto/flute), Gerald Clayton (piano), Danton Boller (bass) and Montez Coleman (drums), with Robinson's gushing alto ebullience, slightly loose around the edges, the perfect foil for Hargrove's eclectic moods, which range from brash and feisty to moody and introspective. Clayton is a real find, who 'speaks' swing, blues and gospel with fluency and feeling. Earfood is a well-balanced banquet, offering a funky hard bop appetizer, straight-eighth-note cookers, a healthy portion of ballads and ...

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Roy Hargrove Quintet: Earfood

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Roy Hargrove Quintet Earfood Emarcy 2008

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove emerged into jazz consciousness as one of the “young lions" who beamed into the late 1980s and early 1990s. Other notable contemporary trumpeters include Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Kermit Ruffins, and Wallace Roney. All are associated with different genre traditions, Hargrove's being most closely associated with Lee Morgan.

Hargrove's association with Morgan's style nevertheless has not prevented the young trumpeter from approaching music from a broad perspective. Hargrove and his Latin-Cuban band, Crisol, won a Grammy Award in 1998 for Habana (Verve, 1997). ...

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The Roy Hargrove Quintet: Earfood

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In the liner notes, trumpeter Roy Hargrove declares that Earfood was recorded to bring pleasure to the listener. This may seem like a superfluous statement, after all, which artist doesn't want to please the listening public? What Hargrove means, is that the aim of the game is to offer up catchy melodies with a minimum of unnecessary artistic baggage; tunes as opposed to ambience, sweet harmony in place of dissonance. There isn't a fractured rhythm within earshot, nor an obscure time signature, just unpretentious, good-time music.

Opening with pianist Cedar Walton's “I'm Not Sure," Hargrove and saxophonist Justin ...

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Roy Hargrove: Two Views as a Sideman, With Jimmy Cobb and Anke Helfrich

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Roy Hargrove has been one of the most active jazz musicians of his generation, appearing on numerous record dates as a sideman each year in addition to leading his own CDs. The trumpeter/flugelhornist recently appeared with veteran drummer Jimmy Cobb's quartet, along with a 2005 disc by German pianist Anke Helfrich, with sterling results. Jimmy Cobb Quartet Cobb's Corner Chesky 2007

Cobb's Corner features Hargrove as the primary soloist, with veteran pianist Ronnie Mathews and the in-demand bassist Peter Washington rounding out the group. Whether playing standards, timeless jazz works or newer ...

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Meet Roy Hargrove

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This article was first published in 1996. All About Jazz: Glancing at your discography, I am impressed by the number of musicians you've recorded with. In fact, the title of your release Family refers to the extended family of musicians that you've acquired over the years. What is it that makes you all kindred spirits? How do you feel connected?

Roy Hargrove: Number one, having played with them in a lot of different situations, some of them have been a lot of fun, others have also been very challenging. Some of those situations have been where ...

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Roy Hargrove: Nothing Serious

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Despite the nonchalance of its title, Nothing Serious may be Roy Hargrove's best disc yet. The first working band outing by the genre-leaping trumpeter since 1993's Of Kindred Souls features a cohesive quintet with alto saxophonist Justin Robinson, pianist Ronnie Mathews, bassist Dwayne Burno and drummer Willie Jones III, augmented on three selections by special guest trombonist Slide Hampton. The opening title track, composed by Venezuelan guitarist Leo Quintero, is a melodious Latin jazz tour de force with powerful solos by the always lyrical Hargrove, along with Robinson (employing a thick, convincing Dolphyesque tone) and the veteran ...

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The Roy Hargrove Sextet

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By Suzi Price

Jazz purists say none can compare to the legendary jazz performers like Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Chet Baker or Miles Davis. They were musicians who lived and breathed the art form, but one must admit, jazz exists through musicians who performed it in the past and those who perform it now. Transending the new breed of jazz musicians, some stand apart from the jazz-based music that today might be labeled “smooth jazz" which is anything but jazz in its purist form. One such artist is jazz trumpeter, Roy Hargrove.If you were lucky enough ...

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Roy Hargrove Quintet: Live at the Village Vanguard

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To commemorate its 65th year in existence, the Village Vanguard chose a major draw ' a young trumpeter who, along with Wynton Marsalis, has done much to rekindle popular interest in jazz over the last ten years. Roy Hargrove and his band are the “men at work" who graced the cover of the May 1999 Downbeat. Along with Hargrove on trumpet and flugelhorn is Sherman Irby on alto, Larry Willis on piano, Gerald Cannon on bass, and Willie Jones III on drums. It's a regular gigging unit, and it shows. The band hits the stage and there's no fidgeting, no ...

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Roy Hargrove Quintet in Seattle

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If you like flashy solos and the 'head-solo-solo-solo-head' school of group jazz, you'll like the Roy Hargrove Quintet. If you're looking for something else in your jazz, you might need to look elsewhere. This is not a criticism of Hargrove's quintet, which is currently in the midst of a five-day run at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle. Rather, it is an honest appraisal of the music towards which the group seems to gravitate: straightforward, no-nonsense modern jazz. No new trails are being blazed here, but after seeing the group on Thursday night, I'm not sure that stylistic innovation is their ...

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Roy Hargrove Presents the RH Factor: Hard Groove

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Having previously immersed his trumpet in two 'new soul' collaborations in 2000--D'Angelo's Grammy Award-winning Voodoo album and subsequent tour, plus songstress Erykah Badu's Mama's Gun album--Roy Hargrove dives headfirst into the soul pool. RH Factor blends a core band of two saxophonists, three keyboard players, two bassists and drummers, and two guitarists (including legendary soul session ace Cornell Dupree) with the best and brightest from the soul and R&B 'new schools' including D'Angelo, Badu, Meshell Ndegeocello, Steve Coleman, Karl Denson, Marc Cary, and two hip-hop MCs: Common and Q-Tip. 'I just wanted to open a door that would allow the ...

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Herbie Hancock - Michael Brecker - Roy Hargrove: Directions in Music

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True jazz enthusiasts are often purist by nature. So most of them tend to entertain remakes and tribute documents with a certain amount of trepidation. But enthusiasts and purists alike need not be concerned about the Hancock/Brecker/Hargrove document, Directions in Music: Celebrating Miles Davis and John Coltrane ' Live at Massey Hall.

From the downbeat of the opening tune, “The Sorcerer," Herbie Hancock reminds us why he was and is one of the most sought after pianist in the genre. His deftness, technique and mastery of the instrument and the music holds this group together with the same ...



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