Roy Hargrove: Mental Phrasing
Roy Hargrove (trumpet)
With the Tenors of Our Time (Verve 314 523 019-2)
Ron Blake (tenor sax), Cyrus Chestnut (piano), Rodney Whitaker (bass), Gregory Hutchinson (drums).
Composed by Roy Hargrove.
Recorded: New York, January 16-17, 1994
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
At age 24, Roy Hargrove did more than front a fine quintet for his sixth major recording. The trumpet prodigy also brought in five respected tenor players to join him one-by-one for a hard-bop tour-de-force. "Mental Phrasing" features Joshua Redman in addition to Hargrove's already solid quintet, and the result is nothing short of incredible. The rhythm section plays with an undying fury as they skillfully navigate the trumpeter's composition. Each soloist delivers a strong performance, with that of Redman and Hargrove rising above the rest. Bearing the endorsement of many proven musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, Hargrove raised high expectations whenever he approached the microphone. On this recording, he certainly did not disappoint.
Reviewer: Greg Marchand