Roy Hargrove - Discography 1990-2008

Roy Hargrove - Discography (1990-2008)
Jazz, R&B, funk, Bop, Hard Bop, Cool | 1990 - 2008 | As Solo artist & As a Group member
| 12 CD'S Of Mp3 @ 192-320 Kbps + 2 Cd's of LOSSLESS | 2.0 GB @ RS | Label: Novus, Verve, RCA

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove has firmly established himself as one of this generation's premier players in jazz and beyond. Hargrove was born in Waco, TX on October 16, 1969. Inspired by the gospel music he heard in church on Sundays and the R&B and funk music that played on the radio, Roy began learning the trumpet in the fourth grade. By junior high school, he was playing at an advanced level of proficiency. At 16, he was studying music at Dallas's prestigious Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts.
Midway through his junior year, Roy was “discovered” by Wynton Marsalis, who was conducting a jazz clinic at the school. Impressed, Marsalis invited Roy to sit in with his band at Ft. Worth's Caravan of Dreams Performing Arts Center. Subsequently, Hargrove was able to return to the venue over a period of the next three months, sitting in with Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard and Bobby Hutcherson. Word of Roy’s talent reached Paul Ackett, founder and Director of The North Sea Jazz Festival who arranged for him to perform there that summer. This led to a month-long European Tour.

Hargrove spent one year (1988-1989) studying at Boston's Berklee School of Music, but could more often be found in NYC jam sessions, which resulted in his transferring to New York’s New School. His first recording in NYC was with the saxophonist Bobby Watson followed shortly by a session with the up-and-comers super group, Superblue featuring Watson, Mulgrew Miller and Kenny Washington. In 1990, he released his solo debut, Diamond In The Rough, on the Novus/RCA label, for which he would record a total of four albums that document his incubational growth as a “young lion” to watch. Hargrove made his Verve Records debut in 1994 on With The Tenors Of Our Time, showcasing him with stellar sax men Joe Henderson, Stanley Turrentine, Johnny Griffin, Joshua Redman and Branford Marsalis.

Every album Roy has released on Verve has been different from the one preceding it. And the same can be said of the array of talents who have invited him to grace the stage and/or their recordings - from jazz legends Sonny Rollins and Jackie McLean to song stylists Natalie Cole, Diana Krall and Abbey Lincoln. From pop veterans Diana Ross, Steve Tyrell and Kenny Rankin to younger stars John Mayer and Rhian Benson to the crème de la crème of jazz divas: Carmen McRae and the late, great Shirley Horn. Hargrove was also commissioned by the Lincoln Jazz Center to compose the piece “The Love Suite: In Mahogany,” which was performed in 1993. He is also a superstar of the international touring scene with his quintet, RH Factor, and as a soloist.

In 2005, he was a featured guest with Slide Hampton and The Dizzy Gillespie All Star Band in bi-coastal tributes to James Moody in honor of the saxophonist's 80th birthday at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and approximately 25 other concerts around the globe. As RH Factor attests, Roy is also a product of the hip hop generation. He can be heard on a cover of rapper Method Man’s “All I Need” the album-opening track of producer Tony Joseph’s 2005 Verve project Def Jazz (instrumental interpretations of rap classics from the Def Jam label).

He has further ventured into the black pop mainstream as a collaborator with edgy soul star D'Angelo and guest appearances on albums by neo soul priestess Erykah Badu, thought-provoking rapper Common, and English acid jazz DJ/producer Gilles Peterson.

Ever stretching into more challenging and colorful ways to flex his musical chops, Hargrove has left indelible imprints in a vast array of artful settings. During his tenure on the Verve label alone, he has recorded an album with a hand-picked collection of the world’s greatest tenor saxophonists (With The Tenors Of Our Time), an album of standards with strings (Moment to Moment) and, in 2003, introduced his own hip hop/jazz collective The RH Factor with the groundbreaking CD Hard Groove (swiftly followed by the limited edition EP, Strength). Hargrove has also won Grammy® Awards for two vastly different projects. In 1997, Roy’s Cuban-based band Crisol -- including piano legend Jesus “Chucho” Valdes and wonder drummer Horatio “El Negro” Hernandez, and guitar virtuoso Russell Malone - won the Best Latin Jazz Performance Grammy for the album Habana. And in 2002, Hargrove, Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker won Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Individual or Group, for their three-way collaboration, Directions In Music.

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Diamond In The Rough

Label: Novus, RCA

1 Proclamation (6:06)
2 Ruby My Dear (6:17)
3 A New Joy (6:00)
4 Confidentiality (4:58)
5 Broski (4:14)
6 Whisper Not (7:31)
7 All Over Again (5:44)
8 Easy To Remember (6:17)
9 Premonition (5:34)
10 BHG (5:57)
11 Wee (4:16)

Double Bass - Charles Fambrough (tracks: 1, 5, 7, 9, 10) , Scott Colley (tracks: 2 To 4, 6, 8, 11)
Drums - Al Foster (tracks: 2 To 4, 6, 8, 11) , Ralph Peterson Jr.* (tracks: 1, 5, 7, 9, 10)
Mastered By - Jack Adelman
Other [Series Director] - Steve Backer
Piano - Geoffrey Keezer* (tracks: 1, 5, 7, 9, 10) , John Hicks (tracks: 2 To 4, 6, 8, 11)
Producer - Larry Clothier
Saxophone [Alto] - Antonio Hart
Saxophone [Tenor] - Ralph Moore (2) (tracks: 1, 5, 7, 9, 10)
Trumpet - Roy Hargrove

Roy Hargrove's debut album.
Recorded in studio A - BMG Recording Studios, New York city, December 1989; Mixed in BMG Recording Studios, January 1990


The Tokyo Sessions
Antonio Hart, Roy Hargrove

Label: Novus

1. Bohemia After Dark
2. Love, Your Spell Is Everywhere
3. Work Song
4. I Remember Clifford
5. Straight, No Chaser
6. But Not for Me
7. Alone Together
8. Lotus Blossom
9. Easy to Love

Roy Hargrove (Trumpet), Roy Hargrove (Arranger), Roy Hargrove (Main Performer), Antonio Hart (Arranger), Antonio Hart (Sax (Alto)), Antonio Hart (Main Performer), Steve Backer (Series Director), Larry Clothier (Producer), Masahiko Osaka (Drums), Jacqueline Murphy (Art Coordinator), Ikuyoshi Hirakawa (Producer), Ikuyoshi Hirakawa (Series Director), Yutaka Shiina (Piano), Masataka Ito (Assistant Engineer), Takahiro Nochimura (Engineer), Tomo Shima (Bass), Tohru Yamana (Mastering)

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Approaching Standards

Label: Novus

1 Easy To Remember
2 Ruby My Dear
3 Whisper Not
4 What's New
5 September In The Rain
6 You Don't Know What Love Is
7 End Of A Love Affair
8 Things We Did Last Summer
9 Everything I Have Is Yours / Dedicated To You
10 My Shining Hour

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Roy Hargrove Quintet - With the Tenors Of Our Time

Label: Verve

1. Soppin' The Biscuit 7:58
2. When We Were One 5:56
3. Valse Hot 6:55
4. Once Forgotten 5:44
5. Shade Of Jade 5:24
6. Greens At The Chicken Shack 5:44
7. Never Let Me Go 5:34
8. Serenity 5:33
9. Across The Pond 6:46
10. Wild Is Love 6:49
11. Mental Phrasing 6:24
12. April's Fool 3:54

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Label: Verve

1. Velera
2. Roy Allan
3. Brian's Bounce
4. Nearness of You, The
5. Lament For Love
6. Another Level
7. Dream of You, A
8. Pas de Trois
9. Polka Dots and Moonbeans
10. Challenge, The
11. Ethiopia
12. Nostalgia
13. Thirteenth Floor
14. Firm Roots
15. Trial, The

Jimmy Cobb
Roy Hargrove - trumpet, flugelhorn
Lewis Nash
Ron Blake - soprano & tenor saxophones
John Hicks
Rodney Whitaker
Gregory Hutchinson
Ronnie Mathews - piano
Stephen Scott
Larry Willis
Walter Booker - bass
Jesse Davis - alto saxophone
Karriem Riggins - drums
Also: Christian McBride, David "Fathead" Newman, Wynton Marsalis

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R.Hargrove, C.McBride, S.Scott Trio - Parker's Mood

Label: Verve

1. Klactoveesedstene (Roy Hargrove) 4:39
2. Parker's Mood (Christian McBride) 4:19
3. Marmaduke (Roy Hargrove) 3:22
4. Steeplechase (Christian McBride) 4:22
5. Laura (Roy Hargrove) 5:08
6. Dexterity (Roy Hargrove) 5:00
7. Yardbird Suite (Roy Hargrove) 3:54
8. Red Cross (Roy Hargrove) 2:07
9. Repetition (Roy Hargrove) 6:37
10. Laird Baird (Christian McBride) 4:05
11. Dewey Square (Roy Hargrove) 2:36
12. Cardboard (Roy Hargrove) 3:27
13. April In Paris (Roy Hargrove) 3:07
14. Chasin' The Bird (Christian McBride) 2:56
15. Bongo Beep (Roy Hargrove) 3:07
16. Star Eyes (Roy Hargrove) 5:41

Personnel :
Roy Hargrove - Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Stephen Scott - Piano
Christian McBride - Bass

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The Roy Hargrove Quintet - Earfood 2008

The now mature jazz trumpeter/composer/bandleader Roy Hargrove, who has been utterly masterful since the beginning of his career, has been involved with various all-star bands, neo-fusion outfits, and made a very good living playing modern instrumental music. Now he is reaching a new and elevated level of pure jazz artistry with Earfood. A studio recording of his live touring repertoire with his working quintet, Hargrove presents several ballads, favorites from jazz veterans, and well rendered originals, all in the spirit of the famed trumpeters who preceded him. Alto saxophonist Justin Robinson and pianist Gerald Clayton are not only rising stars and standout soloists, but also players perfectly compatible to play this contemporary and mainstream modern jazz. Add young bassist Danton Bolder and the excellent drummer Montez Coleman, and you have a band that can bring Hargrove's music fully to life. It is said that everyone learns from their mistakes, but if that is true, Hargrove has gone far beyond the pale, and is flawless here, in terms of both concept and execution. The CD comes out of the box with four home runs -- an ultra hip contemporary version of the Cedar Walton tune "I Am Not So Sure," a sweet 7/8 beat for "Brown" with outstanding piano from Clayton, "Strasbourg/St. Denis" sporting an infectiously happy aura, clever staccato unison and chatty counterpoint from the horns, and the sleek, breezy and soulful "Starmaker" which sounds like it could have come from the book of the late pianist James Williams.

There's also a remake of the great Weldon Irvine original blues-funk-soul classic "Mr. Clean" that is well done but not overcooked, an excellent version showcasing varying subtleties and dynamics during the Larry Willis composition "To Wisdom the Prize," and the good swinger "The Stinger," soaked in harmonic colors and good vibes. The four salt-and-pepper ballads all show Hargrove's expert ability to play slow and soulfully, still unfortunately becoming a lost art, with "Joy Is Sorrow Unmasked" and "Rouge" particularly poignant. The CD concludes with an in-concert gospel-soul version of Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me," as good a coda to this set as could be. There are no missteps on this program, no filler tunes, the trumpeter simply playing as precisely -- if not better -- than he ever has, and a band who fully understands how to make his music come alive. This comes with the highest of recommendations, a zenith watermark for Hargrove, and has to be a candidate for Best Jazz CD of 2008.

Track listing:
1 I'm Not So Sure
2 Brown
3 Strasbourg/St. Denis
4 Starmaker
5 Joy is Sorrow Unmasked
6 The Singer
7 Rouge
8 Mr. Clean
9 Style
10 Divine
11 To Wisdom the Prize
12 Speak Low
13 Bring it on Home to Me

Roy Hargrove: Trumpet and flugelhorn
Justin Robinson: alto sax and flute
Gerald Clayton: piano
Danton Boller: bass
Montez Coleman: drums

Roy Hargrove- The RH Factor-Distractions - 2006

Distractions is jam-packed with new jams from The RH Factor. From the old-school vibe of "Crazy Race" to the down-and-dirty instrumental "Kansas City Funk," this much-anticipated disc grooves with an organic funk/soul sound. It is yet another world that Hargrove lives in comfortably, and he once again shows off his talents as a composer. He wrote or co-wrote nearly all of Distractions' nine compositions including "Can't Stop" and the title track, an extended jam captured here in four parts. (Hargrove wrote most of the horn arrangements
on both discs.)
Vocalist Renee Neufville (formerly of the R&B duo Zhané) is also featured throughout Distractions as a singer, keyboardist, and songwriter. Her "On the One" is a magical retro tour and the ultra-funky "Hold On" (co-written with Hargrove) is a pure taste of P-Funk delight. Hargrove again calls in friend and collaborator D'Angelo for this RH Factor outing. The R&B star wrote, produced, and sings the track "Bull****," which also features backing vocals by Hargrove.

The largesse of sound created by the RH Factor comes from the band's lineup of two drummers (Willie Jones III and Jason “JT” Thomas), two bass players (Lenny Stalworth and Reggie Washington), one guitar player (Todd Parsnow), three keyboard players (Charles McCambell, Bobby Sparks and Neufville), and two saxophone players (Keith Anderson and special guest David "Fathead" Newman). Hargrove plays both trumpet and flugelhorn here. The RH Factor's Distractions was produced by Hargrove and engineered and mixed by Russell "The Dragon" Elevado
The RH Factor:
Renee Neufville (vocals, keyboards)
Todd Parsnow (guitar)
Keith Anderson (saxophone)
Roy Hargrove (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Charles McCambell, Bobby Sparks (keyboards)
Lenny Starworth, Reggie Washington (bass instrument)
Willie Jones III, Jason J.T. Thomas (drums)

Additional personnel:
D'Angelo (vocals)
David 'Fathead' Newman (flute, tenor saxophone)

1. Distractions (Intro)
2. Crazy Race
3. Kansas City Funk
4. On the One
5. Family
6. Distractions 2
7. Place, A
8. Hold On
9. Bull***T
10. Distractions 3
11. Can't Stop
12. Distractions 4

Roy Hargrove Quintet - Nothing Serious - 2006

Part of a dual release with the RH Factor's Distractions, this Quintet recording kicks off with Leo Quintero's sizzling title track and the upbeat tempo continues throughout with such songs as Burno's "Devil Eyes" and Matthews' driving "Salima's Dance." Hargrove takes over the composing duties with his beautiful "Trust," the fiery "Camaraderie," and the multi-textured "The Gift". The works showcase a tight yet fluid jazz quintet and Hargrove's impeccable playing. Legendary trombonist Slide Hampton appears on three of the disc's tracks including his composition "A Day in Vienna” which he also arranged. Nothing Serious was produced by Hargrove and Larry Clothier and was engineered and mixed by 15-time GRAMMY-winner Al Schmitt.

Roy Hargrove (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Justin Robinson (flute, alto saxophone)
Slide Hampton (trombone)
Ronnie Matthews (piano)
Willie Jones III (drums)


1.Nothing Serious
2.A Day in Vienna
5.Devil Eyes
6.Gift, The
7.Salima's Dance


Roy Hargrove- The RH Factor- Hard Groove 2003

Roy Hargrove is a GRAMMY-award winning recording artist whose first disc as a jazz leader was released in 1990. Considered by many to be one of the premiere trumpet players on the music scene today, has long had a fascination for, and love of, R&B, Funk, and classic Soul music. Hard Groove is the realization of a musical dream come true. The RH Factor is the identity that composer/arranger Hargrove has coined for the musical collective he's assembled for Hard Groove.

Like a 21st Century Quincy Jones, the trumpeter has brought together a diverse array of musicians from his recent collaborative efforts to create an organic musical street party at the corner of hip-hop and bop, encompassing many of his musical passions-the slow-grinding soul of Funkadelic's "I'll Stay" with a sultry vocal by D'Angelo; Common's free-styled rap intro on the aptly titled "Common Free Style"; both Q-Tip and Erykah Badu bringing their distinctive hip-hop and R&B sounds to the party-like funk of "Poetry". On the vocal side, Hard Groove also contains stellar performances by D'Angelo background vocalists Anthony Hamilton ("Kwah" / "Home") and Shelby Johnson ("How I Know"); a fine turn by Stephanie McKay ("Forget Regret"); and former Motown recording artist Renee Neufville ("Juicy").Hard Groove speaks of yesterday, sounds like today, and looks like the future! Roy himself says it best in his liner notes: This recording is something I've wanted to do for quite some time. The music is a representation of what can happen when people looking in the same direction get together, with dedication, focus, and positive spiritual energy

The RH Factor: Roy Hargrove (arranger, trumpet, flugelhorn, keyboards, bass, percussion); Keith Anderson (alto & tenor saxophones); Jacques Schwarz-Bart (tenor saxophone); James Poyser (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards); Bernard Wright (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, ARP synthesizer); Bobby Sparks (Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, ARP synthesizer); Spanky, Cornell Dupree (guitar); Pino Palladino, Reggie Washington (bass); Willie Jones III, Jason Thomas (drums).

Producers: Roy Hargrove, Jason Olaine, Russell Elevado.

Additional personnel: D'Angelo (vocals, Wurlitzer piano); Renee Neufville, Stephanie McKay, Shelby Johnson, Erykah Badu (vocals); Common, Q-Tip (rap vocals); Steve Coleman (alto saxophone); Karl Denson (flute); Meshell Ndegeocello (bass); Kwaku Obeng (percussion)

1. Hardgroove
2. Common Free Style
3. I'll Stay
4. Interlude
5. Pastor "T"
6. Poetry
7. Joint, The
8. Forget Regret
9. Out of Town
10. Liquid Streets
11. Kwah / Home
12. How I Know
13. Juicy
14. Stroke, The

Roy Hargrove with strings - Moment to Moment 2000

Roy Hargrove with strings - Moment to Moment
Jazz / Classical | 1CD | MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 151 MB
Label: Verve (USA) | Language: English

Since the 1950s, the album Clifford Brown with Strings has set the standard for playing ballads on the trumpet. In the 1980s, Wynton Marsalis's Hot House Flowers was a welcome addition to that ballad tradition. With Moment to Moment, Roy Hargrove sets a soft tone for the 21st century. Backed by alto saxophonist Sherman Irby, pianist Larry Willis, bassist Gerald Cannon, and drummer Willie Jones III, Hargrove's tender trumpet and flugelhorn beautifully combine the best of Freddie Hubbard's power and Art Farmer's phrasing...Review On

Personnel includes:
Roy Hargrove (trumpet, flugelhorn);
Larry Willis (arranger, piano);
Gil Goldstein, Cedar Walton (arranger);
Sherman Irby (alto saxophone);
Gerald Cannon (bass);
Willie Jones III (drums)

1. You Go To My Head
2. Always And Forever
3. Natural Wonders
4. Moment To Moment
5. I'm A Fool To Want You
6. How Insensitive
7. I'm Glad There Is You
8. A Time For Love
9. The Very Thought Of You
10. Peri
11. I Fall In Love Too Easily
12. Another Time

The Collected Roy Hargrove
Label: RCA

1. Wee
2. BHG
3. Ruby, My Dear
4. Hartbreaker
5. Night Watch
6. Little Bennie (Crazeology)
7. Milestones
8. My Shining Hour
9. Re-Evaluation
10. Homelife Revisited

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Crisol - Habana 1997
Roy Hargrove - Crisol - Habana (1997)
Latin Jazz | 1CD | 1997 | MP3 CBR 192 kbps | 96.6 MB
Label: Verve Records | Language: English

At the invitation of pianist Chucho Valdes - a legendary figure among Cuban players, and the founder and leader of the celebrated band Irakere - Roy Hargrove brings his quintet to Havana to play in an annual jazz festival. On the surface, it seems like just another gig to Hargrove: another flight, another chance to meet musicians but Larry Clothier, Hargrove's manager, sensed a greater promise. And indeed Clothier was right, Roy Hargrove's talents will naturally take him many places in the coming decades. None are likely to affect him - or be affected by him- as deeply and powerfully as Havana. This album won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Performance. Review On

Recorded at Teatro Mancinelli, Orvieto,
Italy on January 5 & 6, 1997.

Roy Hargrove (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Gary Bartz (soprano & alto saxophone)
David Sanchez (soprano & tenor saxophone)
Frank Lacy (trombone)
Jesus "Chucho" Valdes, John Hicks (piano)
Russell Malone (guitar)
Jorge Reyes (electric bass)
John Benitez (bass)
Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Idris Muhammad (drums)
Miguel "Anga" Diaz (congas)
Jose Luis "Changuito" Quintana (timbales).

1. O My Seh Yeh
2. Una Mas
3. Dream Traveler
4. Nusia's Poem
5. Mr. Bruce
6. Ballad For the Children
7. Mountaings
8. Afrodisia
9. Mambo For Roy
10. O My Seh Yeh - (reprise)

Danny Gatton, Bobby Watson, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman - New York Stories 1992

Already legendary for his country and rock and roll guitar mastery, the late Danny Gatton also released a pure jazz CD on Blue Note, "New York Stories." If there was any doubt that this incredible musician was capable of any style, any time, any place, this CD will put those doubts to rest and we will continue to mourn and lament the passing of one of the greatest guitarists in history. His suicide was provoked according to some theories by his poor record sales, and what a shame. "New York Stories" is actually a jazz combo effort with Gatton writing all or part of the tunes and sharing his time with a stellar piano and horn section. This is a jam session, and according to the liner notes, a limited amount of rehearsal was allowed to keep the tunes fresh and to allow the improvisational juices to flow.
It's smooth - so much so you almost want to take up smoking and don a fedora while you listen. It harkens back to the smoky dangerous days of the '40's and '50's, where down and dirty jazz emanated from grimy clubs in the bad parts of town. Yet at times the music is ethereal, such as the guitar tour de force "One For Lenny" that closes the CD.
The style here is reminiscent of Miles Davis' early years, ala "Walking" and "Someday My Prince Will Come" and perhaps a little Brubeck piano and sax tradeoffs.
Even rockers will appreciate the mastery on this session. "New York Stories" goes down like a cool drink on a hot summer afternoon, welcome as a surprise snowfall in July would be.


1. Dolly's Ditty
2. Wheel Within a Wheel
3. Ice Maidens
4. Out a Day
5. Mike the Cat
6. Move
7. Clear Thought
8. 5/4
9. One for Lenny

Danny Gatton: Guitar
Bobby Watson: Alto Sax
Roy Hargrove: Trumpet
Joshua Redman: Tenor Sax
Franck Amsallem: Piano
Charles Fambrough: Bass
Yuron Israel: Drums

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1 comment:

Avigdor said...

Thank's from Israel :) תודה