100 Jazz Profiles
1969 - present
Trumpeter. No musician on today's scene has kept alive the spirit of the after hours jam session and the cutting contest as vigorously as Roy Hargrove. An aggressive, brilliant trumpeter, with a charming, relaxed stage manner - and even an easy style of singing when the mood takes him - Hargrove is always ready to play.
Born in Texas and now a feature of the New York scene, he made his major label debut at 21 for Novus. He made several more discs for that label until 1993, and has subsequently produced a string of high-quality albums for Verve. As well as fronting a regular quintet he also leads a big band packed with the cream of New York's younger talent.
He has been in demand as a guest on dozens of discs, from elder statesmen of the music such as Oscar Peterson and Shirley Horn to his own contemporaries. He has also fronted the exciting Cuban-American big band Crisol on disc and on tour, and toured in a trumpet summit with Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton and Jon Faddis.
On his Moment to Moment disc , released in 2000, he fronts a string orchestra and proves (as he did with Peterson) that he is the first rank of jazz ballad players.
'Roy Hargrove' in Ian Carr, Digby Fairweather and Brian Priestley: Jazz The Rough Guide (London, Rough Guides) 2000
Moment To Moment (Verve)
Suggested track: Peri
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