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Roy is one of the ten jazz trumpet players in the world, IMO.
HOLY CRAP! There are only 10 jazz trumpet players in the world?!?!?! Somebody teach them about the birds and bees or they're going to be extinct pretty soon.








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Asaxman probably meant one of the "top ten jazz trumpet players in the world". (Hey, give the guy a break ":D )

But what do you guys think of his (Hargrove's) playing style?
 

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I think Roy Hargrove's awesome. I heard him live about a week ago at the Charlie Parker Jazz festival in NYC and he was really on at that performance-his lines are amazingly agile and he can play a mean ballad too.
 

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Quick story, I was at the Addison (North Texas) Jazz Fest with my college big band in '06 and Hargrove was one of the guest artists (along with the Yellowjackets). Well, in the late night/early morning after his performance, there was this jam session going on in the hotel and me and a couple of my friends were there when Roy shows up pretty wasted (high and drunk). A friend of mine, horn in hand, was getting ready to play. Roy walks up to him, his horn in hand, and asks him if he knows such and such tune. My friend said that he didn't and Roy practically yells to everyone "MAN, YOU DON'T KNOW S**T!" It was pretty funny if you were there.

But yeah, Roy's a badass.
 

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I recently got the album Roy Hargrove and Ralph Moore meets Oscar Peterson... I think this is fairly early Hargove but he plays great hard bop style trumpet. Has he changed his style these days? I think the RH factor band is quite 'fusion' esq?? Does he still play much bop? Ralph Moore is great on the above mentioned album aswell. I wish there was more Ralph Moore readily available!
 

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If I had to be personally critical I'd say his sound is a bit bright for my taste. That doesn't stop me from enjoying his playing though.
 

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WHEN ROYS IS PLAYING JAZZ.........WHEW....Very very cool.

I love his flugelhorn playing, when he plays a ballad on the flugel...it's breathtaking. It is music/playing to linger over, to savor, like fine, bottle-conditioned Belgian beer. :cool:


It's hard with Roy- he excells at what we call architecture of solo expression. His soloing is brilliantly structured, yet absolutely melodic and burning, all at once. It takes a master of musical intuition and accomplishment to even begin to approach that concept and execution.

For the apex in his career happens everytime he plays!! Also- he is a BAND LEADER who has working bands. He gets a thumb up on that one big time from me.

Roy is a marvel of drive, taste, and coloration.

You can tell I dig him eh?:)
 

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WHEN ROYS IS PLAYING JAZZ.........WHEW....Very very cool.

I love his flugelhorn playing, when he plays a ballad on the flugel...it's breathtaking. It is music/playing to linger over, to savor, like fine, bottle-conditioned Belgian beer. :cool:
Amen to that - I saw him at Lincoln Center last January in a be-bop tribute concert with James Moody and Charles McPherson. One of the highlights of that concert was Roy playing a ballad on his flugelhorn. I think it was "I Can't Get Started," (funny how I can't even remember which song it was), but what I remember most was his tone. You could actually hear the audience sigh when he was finished. Great, great player.
 

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I think Roy Hargrove is one of the best trumpet players out there. He plays in so many styles and smokes so many blunts. STOP GETTING HIGH ROY !! ITS NOT THE 60's.
(....... uhhhhh, sorry, just thinking out loud.) I love his solo on "Invitation" and love his funk stuff on the RH factor. Most of RH factor stuff is a little out there, but there is always one or two tunes that are just so funky, I gotta hit repeat.

Roy and Nick Payton have the best Flugal tones in the business.

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Quick story, I was at the Addison (North Texas) Jazz Fest with my college big band in '06 and Hargrove was one of the guest artists (along with the Yellowjackets). Well, in the late night/early morning after his performance, there was this jam session going on in the hotel and me and a couple of my friends were there when Roy shows up pretty wasted (high and drunk). A friend of mine, horn in hand, was getting ready to play. Roy walks up to him, his horn in hand, and asks him if he knows such and such tune. My friend said that he didn't and Roy practically yells to everyone "MAN, YOU DON'T KNOW S**T!" It was pretty funny if you were there.

But yeah, Roy's a badass.
I was playing in a quartet at a party. Roy was there, and was pretty drunk. He came up to me and said he wanted to sing 'Body and Soul'. I said 'what key'. He looked surprised, and wandered away.

Great trumpet player.
 

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The man can play.
 

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I have three of Roy Hargrove's early CDs: Diamond in the Rough (1989), Toyko Sessions (1991), and The Vibe (1992).

I really like Diamond in the Rough and The Vibe. I love Roy's playing, and his pianist (Marcus Garvey, I think). Also, back then, Roy was playing with an alto sax player "Antonio Hart" who sounded absolutely smokin' on these two albums.

I saw Antonio Hart live once in New York City (no Roy, Antonio was leading his own combo) and while Antonio sounded incredibly good technically, I must confess it was too much noise for my taste, and not enough soul. Just my opinion. But on those two Hargrove CDs (see above), Antonio Hart's alto playing is just about my personal favorite. (Cannonball is still #1 for me).
 

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You might want to check out the group known as Roy Hargrove's Crisol - "Havana" is the CD I've got. It's Roy with some smoking Cuban musicians (including Chucho Valdez), and also Gary Bartz, who's one of my favorite alto players these days.
 

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I recently got the album Roy Hargrove and Ralph Moore meets Oscar Peterson...

...I wish there was more Ralph Moore readily available!
I've enjoyed that CD a lot also; even after his stroke, OP is one of my favorite pianists. Roy and Ralph sound great with him.

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If you don't have it, look for Ralph Moore's CD "Who It Is You Are", a quartet date with Benny Green on piano. Good stuff including a latin take of "Skylark" that's one of my favorite interpretations of that tune.
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I saw him at the Port Townsend Jazz camp. He played a concert with his band, and then later that night he sat in with another great trumpet player, Terrell Stafford. He reminded me of Miles both in his playing and demeanor:cool:

After a solo on a standard, "I Love You" I think it was, he turned and said something to Stafford. Someone overheard him and what he said was "I told you I didn't know that mf"
 
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