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Album Review

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. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews


This album seem to be a concept piece designed to attract a wider audience to the music known as Jazz. The songs have a hipness about them that makes the music accessible, yet retains enough integrity to allow serious afficandos to add it to their collections. This outing is not at all revolutionary or cutting edge trumpet playing offered up by masters like Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Wynton Marsalis and Terence Blanchard. The music is soft, pretty and substantive enough to give young listeners to Roy some exposure to the rich harmonies Jazz offers as well as an introduction to improvisation. Hopefully youthful fans of Roy Hargove will back track to some of Roy's more adventurous work and then on to those icons mentioned above. Someone once advised us to not let perfection become the enemy of the good. I think this applies here. Roy Hargrove has a big tone that shines through on ballads and medium tempo songs. There are several performances like Joy Is Sorrow Unmasked on this album that should warm the hearts and touch the souls of many.

Sublime and involving

"Starmaker" is worth the price of the entire album - a pure slice of nirvana! A tremendously listenable (not "easy listening") experience. Hearing it several times reveals how nicely put-together and well thought-out the mix between medium tempo foot-tappers and sublime ballads is. Tasty and simple melodies - tight thoughtful solos - no weak members in the quintet - modern hard-bop all held together by Hargrove's hugely warm and inviting tone on trumpet. Highly recommended!

Great Modern Jazz

Another fine effort from Hargrove.Tasty jazz that swings!


Born: October 16, 1969 in Waco, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Roy Hargrove is a hard bop-oriented musician (and acclaimed "Young Lion") who became one of America's premier trumpeters during the late 1980s and beyond. A fine, straight-ahead player who spent his childhood years in Texas, Hargrove met trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis in 1987, when the latter musician visited Hargrove's high school in Dallas. Impressed with the student's sound, Marsalis allowed Hargrove to sit in with his band and helped him secure additional work with major players, including...
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Earfood, Roy Hargrove Quintet
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  • $12.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2008

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