Tune in Friday, December 8 at 12:15 p.m. for a live performance by the Roy Hargrove Quintet, hosted by Abe Beeson.
Grammy-winning trumpeter, composer, and arranger Roy Hargrove has been a mainstay of the contemporary music scene in a variety of formats for over two decades. Hargrove has firmly established himself 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. Hargrove has played with jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Mulgrew Miller and Bobby Watson. His blazing sound, depth of feeling and joy in playing was evident even from a young age.
Hargrove is the bandleader of the progressive group The RH Factor, which combines 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. The bulk of the 12-track RH Factor disc is inspired vocal ruminations. Most telling is the knee-deep funk of “A Place,” the hook of which poses the musical question, “If I take you to a place I love / If I change my style / Would you like it?” For the man who came to prominence in the jazz realm, these lyrics reflect the on-going challenge he has bridging the gap between the two styles of music that dominate his direction. “My goal with RH Factor has always been to try to erase the lines between the mainstream and the underground - straight ahead and hip hop/R&B. You have musicians who know all the theory and harmony. Then you have the musicians who have a direct line to the masses and what they like to hear. If you can combine the two, it can be something innovative as well.
Roy Hargrove continues to tour to festivals and clubs in various parts of the world with the Roy Hargrove Quintet, The RH Factor and the Roy Hargrove Big Band. The music world would be hard pressed to find another ambassador capable of traversing the worlds of straight ahead swingin’ and the funky underground better than Brother Hargrove.