Roy Hargrove: Whisper Not
Roy Hargrove (trumpet)
Approaching Standards (Novus 633178-2)
John Hicks (piano), Scott Colley (bass), Al Foster (drums).
Composed by Benny Golson.
Recorded: New York, December 1989
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
This 1989 recording has the distinct sound of the best 1960s Blue Note albums featuring such trumpeters as Lee Morgan, Blue Mitchell, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw. Here Roy Hargrove takes flight in the vehicle of Benny Golson's "Whisper Not," ably assisted by the swinging and tonally pure Antonio Hart in a most impressive fusillade of sound. Al Foster's driving drums keep the pace with Scott Coley's bass and John Hicks's piano comping behind the soloists during these soaring forays into nostalgia. Hicks plays a sweet extended solo, its interesting directional pull deftly picked up by Foster. The tandem of Hargrove and Hart voicing simultaneously and in perfect sync is reminiscent of the finest Blue Note players in their heyday. A nice respectful bow to the past with its own distinctive voice.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello