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Moment to Moment
     

Moment to Moment

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by Roy Hargrove With Strings
 
Toss another log onto the fire, break out the Rémy Martin, and sink into the sofa with someone you love --Roy Hargrove will take care of everything else, including the string section. That's right, strings. MOMENT TO MOMENT is Hargrove's contribution to a long line of albums featuring outstanding soloists from Charlie Parker to

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Toss another log onto the fire, break out the Rémy Martin, and sink into the sofa with someone you love --Roy Hargrove will take care of everything else, including the string section. That's right, strings. MOMENT TO MOMENT is Hargrove's contribution to a long line of albums featuring outstanding soloists from Charlie Parker to Stan Getz. And to pull it off, you've got to have the goods because there's precious little "conversation" going on with the band. Willie Jones's brushes provide buoyancy for Hargrove's lines to sail on,but nobody really listens to the strings; they're just a pretty picture frame. So althoughit's arguable that an album is far from jazz in the purist sense, it can be beautiful. And Hargrove is one of the few trumpet players on the scene whose tone is big enough and sweet enough (it's the aural equivalent of a fine brandy) to be compelling in this situation. The tunes are all classic ballads --"You Go To My Head," "I Fall in Love Too Easily," "I'm Glad There Is You" -- and each is delivered right down Main Street, with a minimum of messing with the songs' original intent.

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Following in the well-trod footsteps of Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, Chet Baker, and Wynton Marsalis, among others, Roy Hargrove has his day with strings, purveying moody, lovelorn ballads at glacial tempos. At first, one's hopes are raised that this could turn out to be one of the best attempts in this field. The leadoff track "You Go to My Head" is gorgeous; Hargrove plays soulfully and inwardly, and pianist Larry Willis's arrangement is emotionally satisfying without being cloying. However, the disc continues on and on in this fashion, one tune seeming to blend into another, one arrangement sounding like the next (besides Willis, who contributes five charts, Gil Goldstein does three others, and Cedar Walton chips in two). Even Hargrove tries his own hand at string arranging on his composition "Natural Wonders"; the results are noticeably less sophisticated and not as richly-harmonized as the others on the disc. Sherman Irby acts as a capable foil on alto sax, and bassist Gerald Cannon and drummer Willie Jones III have little else to do but keep their gently booming and rustling sounds moving. Whether on flugelhorn or trumpet, Hargrove's undoubted sincerity and musicality go only a limited distance over the 68-minute span of the CD before simply repeating themselves out. CDs like this make one wish that the 10" LP was back; that time frame was just long enough for some of jazz's best string albums of the past.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731454354028
catalogNumber:
543540

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Performance Credits

Roy Hargrove With Strings   Primary Artist
Roy Hargrove   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Eleanor Angel   Viola
Gerald Cannon   Bass
Stanley Poplin   Cello
Kenneth Harrison   Viola
Cynthia Baehr   Violin
Sherman Irby   Alto Saxophone
Jenny Bifano   Violin

Technical Credits

Gil Goldstein   Engineer,String Arrangements
Roy Hargrove   Producer,String Arrangements
Cedar Walton   String Arrangements
Ray Brown   Engineer
Larry Clothier   Producer,Liner Notes
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Phil Edwards   Engineer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Executive Producer
Paul Mertz   Composer
Philip Elwood   Liner Notes
Hollis King   Art Direction

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Moment to Moment 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
IF IT WAS POSSIBLE TO GIVE THIS ALBUM MORE STARS, I WOULD. THIS CD PUTS ME TO BED AT NIGHT AND WAKES ME UP ON MORNINGS, I CANNOT BRING MYSELF TO REMOVE IT FROM THE PLAYER. MR. HARGROVE'S COMPOSITION MAY NOT BE AS 'SOPHISTICATED' AS OTHER TRACKS ON THE ALBUM, BUT THERE IS A SENSUALITY THAT COMES THROUGH. SPEAKING AS SOMEONE WHO IS 'ILLITERATE' WHEN IT COMES TO MUSIC, HAVING NEVER LEARNED TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT, MY RESPONSE TO THIS CD IS PURELY VISCERAL. I SIMPLY LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!