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“Moment to Moment,” is absolutely stunning, adorable, captivating, expressive and soulful. These compelling classics are rejuvenated from the spirit of an extraordinary composer, arranger, producer and trumpeter Roy Hargrove. From the beginning, you’ll find yourself seduced by the impending transparency of Hargrove’s attractive tonality on these exquisite ballads and arrangements. These infinite treasures will envelope you with a stream of imminent melodies painting a picture of soncially challenging, stimulating, beautiful, and inspiring music. Simply amazing, this buoyant masterpiece is one to savor from this point to eternity! ~ The Urban Flux

Roy Hargrove | Moment to Moment – [Polygram Records, 2000]

Roy Hargrove, Moment to Moment

Roy Hargrove, Moment to Moment

Since the 1950s, the album Clifford Brown with Strings has set the standard for playing ballads on the trumpet. In the 1980s, Wynton Marsalis’s “Hot House Flowers” was a welcome addition to that ballad tradition. With Moment to Moment, Roy Hargrove sets a soft tone for the 21st century. Backed by alto saxophonist Sherman Irby, pianist Larry Willis, bassist Gerald Cannon, and drummer Willie Jones III, Hargrove’s tender trumpet and flügelhorn beautifully combine the best of Freddie Hubbard’s power and Art Farmer’s phrasing. Draped with pillow-soft orchestrations by Hargrove, Willis, Cedar Walton, and Gil Goldstein, the leader sings through his horn with a longing and lyrical melodic touch. Chestnuts like “You Go to My Head,” Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “How Insensitive,” and the title track by Henry Mancini come alive with the same freshness found on Hargrove’s newer gems, including Pat Metheny’s tearful “Always and Forever” and the trumpeter’s own “Natural Wonders.” Simply put, this offering from Roy Hargrove is a splendid love letter for a new century. —Eugene Holley Jr.

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