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Roy Hargrove: Strength in Fewer Numbers

Roy Hargrove

When Roy Hargrove reinvented himself into a soul man, fans of the trumpeter’s more traditional works probably hoped that his RH Factor project would be a short-term diversion. After all, the last thing mainstream instrumental jazz needs is another bright young jazz artist defecting to the dark side. “Some of my jazz peers are kind of mad at me,” laughs Hargrove. “I don’t know what it is. Some cats will congratulate me but at the same time, I get this angry vibe from them. But it doesn’t bother me.”

Well, the trumpet virtuoso hasn’t abandoned jazz, but trad fans will have to wait a little bit longer for another straightahead disc from him. Hargrove’s newest disc, Strength (Verve), is a six-song EP follow-up to last year’s Hard Groove. While recorded during the same Electric Lady Studios sessions that birthed its predecessor, Strength has a slightly different vibe.

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