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VERVE CD RELEASE WEEK - ROY HARGROVE QUINTET

2006-03-14
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Roy Hargrove Quintet with Special Guest Slide Hampton
FEATURING:
Roy Hargrove, trumpet
Justin Robinson, alto sax & flute
Ronnie Mathews, piano
Dwayne Burno, bass
Taru Alexander, drums

SPECIAL GUEST:
Slide Hampton, trombone

At 36, trumpeter Roy Hargrove has firmly established himself as among the premier players in jazz and beyond. 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) 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."

On May 2, Hargrove will bring two of his musical worlds closer together with the simultaneous release of "Distractions" and "Nothing Serious" – all new recordings by both of Roy Hargrove’s touring ensembles. "Distractions" features the contemporary funk/jazz sounds of The RH Factor. "Nothing Serious" features straight ahead jazz by The Roy Hargrove Quintet with special guest Slide Hampton on trombone.

Verve A&R executive Dahlia Ambach-Caplin explains, “When it came time to work on a new album, it became clear that Roy currently has two sides to his music. Choosing one over the other would not do him justice, so we went for both, approaching them as two separate projects."

“I've been doing more touring with RH Factor than my quintet lately,” Hargrove muses. “People are turning a deaf ear to jazz. Some of that is the fault of jazz musicians trying too hard to appear to be cerebral. They aren’t having fun playing the music and that's why people aren't coming to hear it live anymore.
What do we have to offer in the world of jazz today? It's about being innovative, which is cool. But innovation right now will come in music that's swinging and feels good. It's meaningless if it doesn't make you feel something.”

The 8-song Roy Hargrove Quintet disc "Nothing Serious" moves from Roy’s breathtaking and sensual Flugelhorn ballad “Trust” and the enveloping warmth of “The Gift” to a fierce waltz time swinger “Salima’s Dance” (from the pen of pianist Ronnie Matthews), a relentlessly winding study in melody from bassist D’Wayne Burno evocatively titled “Devil Eyes,” and a whirl through the magical changes of Branislau Kaper’s “Invitation,” the set’s sole jazz standard.
One glowing exception is the lushly swingin’ “A Day in Vienna,” contributed by special guest Slide Hampton, a living giant of jazz. Roy cut his teeth with Hampton’s band in a trumpet section that included greats Jon Faddis and Claudio Roditi (documented on the Telarc Records CD Dedicated to Diz, a Slide Hampton & The Jazz Masters set from `93 recorded live at the Village Vanguard). “Slide has been a big part of my education. I can't tell you know much playing charts from the original Dizzy Big Band book with that group helped me. The way that Slide arranges and voices, he knows how to take a small group of horns and make it sound like an orchestra.” Listen to Roy’s own “Trust” to hear that he learned Slide’s lessons well.

Roy 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 lead to a month long European Tour.

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 saxophonists 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).

Slide Hampton, aka Locksley Wellington Hampton, performed in Jeannette, PA, with members of his family before hitting the road with Buddy Johnson’s R&B band in the mid-50s. This stint brought him to New York where he attracted attention for his playing as well as his arranging. After a brief stint with Lionel Hampton, he became a member of Maynard Ferguson’s band and then led his own octet, continued arranging for others and served as musical director for Lloyd Price. In 1968, he toured with Woody Herman, settling in Europe where he remained until the late 70s. Subsequently, the left-handed trombone player worked with various jazz cooperatives including Continuum, taught and led his own nine-trombone, three rhythm band, World of Trombones.

 

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