ROY HARGROVE

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Roy Anthony Hargrove (October 16, 1969 – November 2, 2018) was an American jazz trumpeter. He won worldwide notice after winning two Grammy Awards for differing types of music, in 1997 and in 2002. Hargrove primarily played in the hard bop style for the majority of his albums, playing many jazz standards, espcially on his 1990's albums.

Hargrove was the bandleader of the progressive group The RH Factor, which combined elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop, soul, and gospel music. Its members have included Chalmers "Spanky" Alford, Pino Palladino, James Poyser, Jonathan Batiste and Bernard Wright. His longtime manager was Larry Clothier.

Hargrove was born in Waco, Texas. He took lessons on trumpet and was discovered by Wynton Marsalis when Marsalis visited the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. One of his influences was saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman, who performed in Ray Charles's Band at
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ROY HARGROVE Diamond in the Rough album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Diamond in the Rough
Hard Bop 1990
ROY HARGROVE Manhattan Projects ‎: Dreamboat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Manhattan Projects ‎: Dreamboat
Funk Jazz 1990
ROY HARGROVE Public Eye album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Public Eye
Hard Bop 1991
ROY HARGROVE The Vibe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Vibe
Post Bop 1992
ROY HARGROVE With the Tenors of Our Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
With the Tenors of Our Time
Hard Bop 1994
ROY HARGROVE Family album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Family
Hard Bop 1995
ROY HARGROVE Roy Hargrove/Christian McBride/Stephen Scott Trio : Parker's Mood album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Roy Hargrove/Christian McBride/Stephen Scott Trio : Parker's Mood
Post Bop 1995
ROY HARGROVE Roy Hargrove's Crisol : Habana album cover 4.83 | 3 ratings
Roy Hargrove's Crisol : Habana
Latin Jazz 1997
ROY HARGROVE Roy Hargrove With Strings : Moment To Moment album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Roy Hargrove With Strings : Moment To Moment
Post Bop 2000
ROY HARGROVE The RH Factor ‎: Hard Groove album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
The RH Factor ‎: Hard Groove
Eclectic Fusion 2003
ROY HARGROVE Roy Hargrove & The RH Factor : Strength album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Roy Hargrove & The RH Factor : Strength
Funk Jazz 2004
ROY HARGROVE The RH Factor ‎: Distractions album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
The RH Factor ‎: Distractions
Fusion 2006
ROY HARGROVE Earfood album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Earfood
Post Bop 2008
ROY HARGROVE Emergence album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Emergence
Big Band 2009
ROY HARGROVE Songs On Hargrove album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Songs On Hargrove
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2023

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ROY HARGROVE Of Kindred Souls album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Of Kindred Souls
Hard Bop 1993
ROY HARGROVE Roy Hargrove / Mulgrew Miller : In Harmony album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Roy Hargrove / Mulgrew Miller : In Harmony
Hard Bop 2021
ROY HARGROVE The Love Suite : In Mahogany album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Love Suite : In Mahogany
Progressive Big Band 2023

ROY HARGROVE demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

ROY HARGROVE Nothing Serious album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Nothing Serious
Hard Bop 2005

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ROY HARGROVE Roy Hargrove & Antonio Hart : The Tokyo Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Roy Hargrove & Antonio Hart : The Tokyo Sessions
Hard Bop 1992
ROY HARGROVE Approaching Standards album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Approaching Standards
Hard Bop 1994
ROY HARGROVE The Collected Roy Hargrove album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Collected Roy Hargrove
Hard Bop 1998

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Live At The New Morning
Hard Bop 2010

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ROY HARGROVE Roy Hargrove/Christian McBride/Stephen Scott Trio : Parker's Mood

Album · 1995 · Post Bop
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Steve Wyzard
DRUMMERLESS YET TIMELESS

This trio album was first announced to the world in the September 1995 issue of DownBeat, in a cover story with Roy Hargrove and Kenny Garrett. Naturally, it was one of those "young lions of jazz" stories that mentioned Parker's Mood would be released to celebrate Charlie Parker's 75th birthday. While the three performers (Hargrove, trumpet, Christian McBride, bass, and Stephen Scott, piano) would all move on quickly to other projects, and while there is a multitude of Bird tribute albums out there, this one is different and deserves to be heard again and again.

First, look at the track listing. While many people have covered "Yardbird Suite", "Parker's Mood", "Steeplechase", and even "Dewey Square" (I'm thinking of you, Mr. Redman) over the years, these three really dug deep into the Parker catalog for material. Heard any versions of "Laird Baird" recently? How about "Cardboard" or "Bongo Beep"? The opener "Klactoveedsedsteen" is an almost unknown masterpiece of bebop writing that, were there any sensitivity toward such things in the world today, this recording would have restored to rightful prominence. (Of course, the song's title alone has probably scared off most of the potential audience.) For those who want to investigate further, the CD booklet lists the original Parker recordings with dates and record labels.

Then there's the performances. Did I tell you these guys are awe-inspiring? Of the 16 tracks, 10 include the whole trio, including a speedy version of "Marmaduke", a poignant "Laura", a driven "Dexterity", and the Latin swing of "Repetition". The three duets are "Yardbird Suite" for trumpet and piano, "Laird Baird" for piano and bass (McBride's playing is unreal here), and "Chasin' the Bird" for trumpet and bass. And of course, everyone receives a solo spotlight: Hargrove on "Dewey Square", a blistering "Red Cross" by McBride, and Scott's freeish read of "April in Paris". The trio's closing "Star Eyes" will remain in your mind long after it's over.

The players address the challenges associated with playing these songs without a drummer in the liner notes, and the end results exceed everyone's expectations. That's to say nothing about not including an alto sax, but the compositions prove to be durable enough to handle these unique arrangements, which of course is the biggest tribute of all. The total program lasts 64:37, but flies by in seemingly 1/10th of that time. In spite of the seriousness of purpose, a good time was clearly had by all. Parker's Mood is highly recommended to both Bird acolytes as well as those who have not yet heard how powerful and far ahead of their time these compositions are.

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