Grammy-win­ning jazz trum­peter Roy Har­grove dies

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - LOCAL - By An­drew Dal­ton Associated Press

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — Trum­peter Roy Har­grove, a pro­lific player who pro­vided his jazz sound to records across a vast range of styles and won two Gram­mys, has died at age 49, his man­ager said Satur­day.

Har­grove died in New York on Fri­day of car­diac ar­rest stem­ming from a long­time fight with kid­ney dis­ease, long­time man­ager Larry Cloth­ier said in a state­ment.

Cloth­ier said Har­grove “was known just as in­tensely for his brim­ming fire and fury as he was for his gor­geous, sig­na­ture bal­ladry. Over and over, his sound at­tested to and sanc­ti­fied his deep love for mu­sic. His un­selfish tim­bre cov­ered the wa­ter­front of ev­ery mu­si­cal land­scape.”

Ma ny o f Ha rg rove ’s peers re­garded him as the great­est trum­peter of his gen­er­a­tion. Through his own bands and as a side­man, Har­grove brewed his jazz with African and Latin sounds, R&B, soul, pop, funk and hip-hop.

He led the pro­gres­sive, genre-meld­ing group The RH Fac­tor, played in ses­sions for Com­mon, Erykah Badu and D’An­gelo, and col­lab­o­rated with jazz giants in­clud­ing Her­bie Han­cock and Wyn­ton Marsalis.

“He is lit­er­ally the one man horn sec­tion I hear in my head when I think about mu­sic,” Quest­love, drum­mer and leader of the Roots, said on In­sta­gram Satur­day. “Love to the im­mor­tal time­less ge­nius that will for­ever be Roy Har­grove y’all.”

A na­tive of Waco, Texas, Har­grove was dis­cov­ered by his fel­low trum­peter Marsalis while Har­grove was play­ing at a per­form­ing-arts high school in Dal­las. He went on to the Berklee Col­lege of Mu­sic in Bos­ton and then trans­ferred to the New School in New York, where he joined in jam ses­sions at jazz clubs in the evening. One of those clubs, the Blue Note, said on its Twit­ter ac­count Satur­day that Har­grove was a “young mas­ter and friend gone too soon.”

Har­grove re­leased his first solo al­bum, “Di­a­mond in the Rough,” in 1990. He won his first Grammy in 1998 with his Afro-Cuban band Crisol for its al­bum “Ha­bana.” He then won an­other in 2002 for “Di­rec­tions in Mu­sic: Live at Massey Hall,” fea­tur­ing a band he led with pi­anist Her­bie Han­cock and sax­o­phon­ist Michael Brecker.

Quest­love, who worked with Har­grove on sev­eral projects, said his im­pro­vi­sa­tional skills were as­ton­ish­ing.

“I can’t prop­erly doc­u­ment how cru­cial and spot on Roy was with his craft man,” he said. “We NEVER gave him in­struc­tions: just played the song and watched him go.”

Other trib­utes flowed from the mu­si­cal com­mu­nity as word spread of Har­grove’s death.

“I have no words over the loss of my dear brother of 31 years,” bass player Chris­tian McBride said on Twit­ter. “We played on a lot of ses­sions to­gether, trav­eled a lot of miles to­gether, laughed a lot to­gether, bick­ered on oc­ca­sion — and I wouldn’t change our re­la­tion­ship for any­thing in the world. Bless you, Roy Har­grove.”

Tr u mp e t p l aye r a n d com­poser Keyon Har­rold called Har­grove the “trum­peter jazz king” on In­sta­gram.

“The spirit that ra­di­ated from the bell of his horn was al­ways a force of youth en­thralled with the wis­dom of old,” Har­rold said.

Har­grove is sur­vived by his wife Aida, daugh­ter Ka­mala, mother Jack­lyn and brother Brian.

CLAUDE PARIS/AP

Jazz trum­peter Roy Har­grove died Fri­day at the age of 49, his man­ager said in a state­ment.

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