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Roy Hargrove: Brass, Wind & Fire

There’s an undeniable bit of swagger to the best trumpet players. It’s no small coincidence then that one of the colloquial definitions of the word ‘brass’ is, to quote Webster’s, “bold impudence.”

Think of Freddie Hubbard, the very personification of swagger. Of course, Miles walked that walk. Young Armstrong was the king of swagger because he knew just how bad he was. Ditto Wynton. Jon Faddis oozes a kind of macho confidence on the bandstand as does Wallace Roney. And Roy Hargrove is definitely in that number.

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