Across The Pond – Roy Hargrove
An intricate ballad with unpredictable melodic and harmonic motion.
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- Recording: Roy Hargrove - With The Tenors Of Our Time
- Recorded on: January 16 & 17, 1994
- Label: Verve (314-523019-2)
- Concert Key: No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Ballad
- Trumpet - Roy Hargrove
- Tenor Sax - Joshua Redman
- Piano - Cyrus Chestnut
- Bass - Rodney Whitaker
- Drums - Gregory Hutchinson
The form is relatively unusual, 32 measures but divided into 7-, 9-, 8-, and 8-measure sections with the last two of these almost the same. There are rhythm section hits that are used for the solos as well as the head. On this recording, the melody is played by the horns in octaves for the A section; trumpet melody with tenor sax fills for the first five measures of B, then octaves again for the rest of the head except for some harmony (notated in the lead sheet) at the end of the C and D sections.
October 16, 1969 – November 2, 2018
Roy Hargrove was a pioneer in modern hard-bop jazz and is widely regarded as one of the best trumpeters to emerge from the 1990s. As a high school student in Waco, Texas, young Roy met Wynton Marsalis in 1987. Impressed with the young man's talent, Wynton encouraged Roy. In April, 1988, while still a teenager, Roy traveled to NYC and slept on the couch in Don Sickler's rehearsal studio in preparation for his recording debut in the big leagues with Don ("Superblue"). Before leaving New York on that trip he also recorded with alto saxophonist Bobby Watson ("No Question About It"). Read more...