Caryisms – Roy Hargrove
A minor blues driven by a funky Latin groove, this song became an important part of Roy Hargrove's repertoire. Videos of two performances from the late '90s show how this song changed over the years.
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- Recording: Roy Hargrove - The Vibe
- Recorded on: January, 1992
- Label: Novus (63132-2)
- Concert Key: B-flat minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin
- Trumpet - Roy Hargrove
- Alto Sax - Antonio Hart
- Piano - Marc Cary
- Bass - Rodney Whitaker
- Drums - Gregory Hutchinson
- As seen in these live performance videos, Caryisms evolved over the years. The groove became slower and more funky, and the melody changed slightly as well. All manner of vamp figures, stop-time, and even coordinated dance moves and vocal call-and-response with the audience were added.Only the hits on the 9th and 10th measures of the head remained close to the original recording. Both of these performances begin with a long vamp intro featuring the vocal call-and-response. Our videos start at the beginning of the melody. Check out Roy's 1997 performance with Chucho Valdez.
- And this 1998 performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival:
The melody begins in the Dorian mode for both the I and IV chords, highlighting the major 6th; the last four measures switch to B♭ blues scale. The last chord is C♭maj7 (Bmaj7) instead of the expected B♭ minor. There is an intro that repeats a simple four-measure figure four times, all over C♭maj7; this chord is also vamped and faded out at the end. Our audio excerpt starts at the beginning of the track with the intro and goes through the first chorus of the melody.
The basic bass line is indicated under the staff, with a few of bassist Rodney Whitaker's driving grace notes which imply a double-time feel—as the melody does, more so on the head than the intro. The 9th and 10th measures have rhythm section hits, leading to a tumbao-like bass line (still double-time feel) in the last two measures.
Our lead sheets indicate the style as being Latin, without indicating any specific type of Latin groove. This recording has two different rhythmic elements that drummer Greg Hutchinson plays to propel the music forward. On the intro he uses a steady quarter note cross stick pulse. For the head he switches the pattern to a back beat (cross stick on 2 & 4), driving the double time feel of the melody.
This recording has an unusual solo form, with each solo modulating to a different key after the first chorus. Alto saxophonist Antonio Hart starts with a chorus in B♭ minor, going to D minor for his next two choruses; Roy Hargrove starts in D minor and then plays two choruses in C minor, and pianist Marc Cary continues in C minor and finishes in F minor. Later performances do not include the key changes.
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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...