Dream Traveler – Roy Hargrove
A colorful Cuban jazz composition with an appealing Latin/Afro Cuban feel.
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- Recording: Roy Hargrove - Habana
- Recorded on: January 5 & 6, 1997
- Label: Verve (537563)
- Concert Key: G
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (Afro-Cuban 6/8)
- Trumpet - Roy Hargrove
- Soprano Sax - Gary Bartz
- Tenor Sax - David Sanchez
- Trombone - Frank "Ku umba" Lacy
- Piano - Jesus "Chucho" Valdes
- Guitar - Russell Malone
- Electric Bass - Jorge Reyes
- Drums - Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez
- Timbales - Jose Luis "Changuito" Quintana
- Conga - Miguel "Anga" Diaz
In Havana, Roy jammed with Chucho and the young conga star Miguel "Anga" Diaz; both Chucho and Anga were amazed by how effortlessly Roy picked up the Cuban grooves. Over the course of 1996, Roy met up with Anga in Europe and NYC, keeping their musical connection alive. By late December, Cuban music had become an integral part of Roy's routine: his gig at the Umbria Winter Jazz Festival included a fully Cuban rhythm section (including Chucho and Anga) and a composition by Chucho (Mambo For Roy) closed the concert each night. It was clear that the band had to stay together, thus Crisol was born. Just days later, they recorded this iconic release, which went on to win the 1998 Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Performance.
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...