Roy Hargrove: Ruby, My Dear


Ruby, My Dear


Roy Hargrove (trumpet)


Approaching Standards (Novus 633178-2)

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Roy Hargrove (trumpet), Antonio Hart (alto sax),

John Hicks (piano), Scott Colley (bass), Al Foster (drums)


Composed by Thelonious Monk


Recorded: New York, December 1989


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Back in 1989, when the young trumpet phenom Roy Hargrove was still establishing himself as a voice to be reckoned with, he got together a group of talented sidemen to record what were then neglected gems that had not yet become standards. His telling choice of the Thelonious Monk ballad "Ruby, My Dear" was right on the mark. Exquisitely assisted by the underappreciated Antonio Hart, whose deep-timbered solo is almost Webster-esque in its approach, the song is done to poignant perfection. The subtle Al Foster on brushes and Scott Coley on bass combine with pianist John Hicks to support this marvelous rendition. For his part, Hargrove shows a deep respect and sensitivity for the music in his Hubbard-like solo, where he extracts his own sense of pathos from his horn. After the tempo changes from slow to medium, Hart once again joyfully spreads his wings, playing in a more distinctively personal and flowing voice. Hicks plays a nice albeit short solo before Hart returns to his deep, drawn-out Webster-like sound. Hargrove should be applauded for his astute judgment in material as well as his generous showcasing of Hart's considerable tonal talent on this fine piece. This is an enjoyable effort worthy of repeated listening.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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  • 1 ariadne // Oct 15, 2008 at 09:28 PM
    This is indeed a wonderful debut as leader with Hargrove and beautifully matched group. As for Ruby, My Dear, I've been colleting 'Ruby' tracks and am delighted to find this one (I'm writing alternative lyrics suitable for for a happy young Ruby relative), and Antonio Harts's ballsy third entry picking up the end of Hargrove's solo make me grin like the Cheshire Cat.