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This is one of the most gifted, talented, demonstrative, cohesive, and intuitive groups of musicians I have ever seen play together. The trio of Danton Boller on bass, Gerald Clayton on piano, and Montez Coleman on drums are so very "aware" of what the others are doing or anticipating.As an audience member, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching these three members of the quintet interact. Their smiles at each other make me smile and laugh. On the other end of the emotional spectrum, Danton's solo tonight, especially, brought me to tears -- he was so very intense, humming along with his bass, and played truly from the heart. Montez is - hands down(!) - my new favorite drummer. He hits every part of that drum set with both finesse and vigor. And Gerald absolutely dances at the piano! There is a good reason he came in second at the Thelonious Monk piano competition last year - he is damn good!Roy is "Mr. Entertainer" at times, being quite theatrical and animated in introductions, dancing on the sidelines, grinning, and trying to play 'percussively' on whatever he can get his hands on. Roy has caused me to like the trumpet for the first time in my life. Justin is "Mr. Cool." I can't think of enough adjectives to describe the way he plays the alto sax. He is just absolutely wonderful! And he is a true gentleman.Thanks, guys, for the wonderful music, but even better than that, for a growing friendship, and special memories that will last a lifetime!Kandie Webster in Washington State -- jazzylover59
Roy, I thank you for the opportunity of experiencing the awesome music of the Roy Hargrove Quintet at Jazz Alley for four wonderful nights. My horizons have been expanded immensely. I will forever be indebted to you for the memories I take with me.Speaking of debt.....until we meet again, keep that gorgeous face of yours well "trimmed and clipped."Kandie Webster in Washington State -- jazzylover59
Two future tour dates appear on the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Band website that Roy Hargrove is likely to be appearing.
October 16-21 New York, NY - The Blue Note (Small Group) HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIZZY
The Blue Note Website:
...does not indicate this group on these days, but who knows until you call and ask those in the know.
November 11-18 The Jazz Cruise - Holland America’s Westerdam (Big Band)
Kandie Le Britain Webster -- Profile Editor, AAJ
AAJ JAZZ NEWS
A full-page photo of the movie poster can be found by clicking on the photo on the AAJ article page:
"Original Music by Roy Hargrove" is listed second following the movie's producer, Fred Baker.
Kandie Le Britain Webster ~~ AAJ Profile Editor
Roy Hargrove Scores a New Movie!
Roy Hargrove wrote and performed the intricate jazz soundtrack and musical score for Fred Baker's new film, Assata aka Joanne Chesimard.
The film's World Premiere was this past Friday, Feb 1, in San Diego as the featured film in the recent San Diego Black Film Festival.
Baker's film is about the life of Assata Shakur, the Black Panther revolutionary college girl--almost killed in a police shoot-up on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. She was then, in 77, falsely convicted of the death of one of the Jersey State Troopers, and sentenced to life in prison. Miraculously though, she was able to engineer her escape from maximum security in 1979, fleeing jail to live presently under protective exile in Cuba.
VISIT MOVIE WEBSITE:
Does anyone know anything about a recording of the music to this movie?
Has anyone seen the movie? If so, where?
Kandie Webster in Washington State ~~ jazzylover59
I was very disappointed that "Earfood" was not nominated for a Grammy.
Roy Hargrove's first Big Band recording, Emergence, is being released August 25, 2009.
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