REFLECTION: At 22, trumpeter Roy Hargrove’s vibrant voice on The Vibe supersedes expectations

Back in early 1992, trumpeter Roy Hargrove arrived with his 5th album on Novus Records aptly named “THE VIBE” featuring among many gifted artists his long-time friend and altoist Antonio Hart anchored to a stellar cast of likeminded and talented young musician’s pianist Marc Cary, bassist Rodney Whitaker, drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Also, with guests’ appearances by luminaries saxophonist Branford Marsalis, DavidFatheadNewman plus trombonist Frank Lacy and phenomenal organist Jack McDuff.

With his previous recordings behind, Hargrove had established himself as a powerful voice on trumpet and  rising star on the jazz scene giving him the cred to beckon not only gifted musicians to play originals and tackle songs by James Williams “Alter Ego” and Wayne Shorter’sPinocchio, Milestones and The Things We did last summer.” As a result, with this variety of gems on hand, they opened the door and the opportunity for great things to manifest his presence and launch his voice into a new dimension artistically.

After revisiting this gem, I hear once again his appointed sound soar with authentic and anointed tones and memorable phrases to embrace through the conduit of hardbop, traditional, swing, and blues resonates vibrantly from the outset through the end of “The Vibe.” As I hear it, this gem paved a solid path and widened the lane for Hargrove’s unmatched swagger and attractive sound to illuminate as a worthy talent to keep pace with at the time and into the future. I miss you brother, gone too soon… yet we all are pleased that your music lives on. ~Reviewed by Rob Young (Monkjaz)

At your leisure, check out “THE VIBE” by Roy Hargrove



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