Roy Hargrove: I'm Not So Sure


I'm Not So Sure


Roy Hargrove (trumpet)


Earfood (EmArcy 00174)

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Roy Hargrove (trumpet), Justin Robinson (alto sax), Gerald Clayton (piano), Danton Boller (bass), Montez Coleman (drums).

Recorded: Los Angeles, September 19-21, 2007


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Gerald Clayton introduces this track with a funky burst of solo piano that gives the whole band an inspiring kick in the pants. Horns enter in a tasty hard-bop mood, and Hargrove dishes out a fiery solo that contrasts nicely with the muted dynamics from the rhythm section. Midway through Robinson's sax solo, the comping moves into higher gear -- if this were a live recording, I would expect shouts of encouragement from the fans at this stage. The pacing is perfect, and the band plays with intensity and control throughout. Hargrove is one of our most versatile improvisers, but it is a particular delight to hear him in a soulful setting such as this opening track from his Earfood CD.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


  • 1 JazzyRandy // Sep 20, 2008 at 09:02 PM
    This is my favorite CD of the year, and "I'm Not Sure" is one of my favorite tracks on the disc. It's smoking hot and the musicians hit everything perfectly. However, it's not the best song on the disc. That would be the electrifying "Strasbourg/St. Denis" with its intertwine horn play.
  • 2 LondonJazz // Jan 25, 2009 at 01:53 PM
    I love this track. It has the energy of Mingus' Betta Git It In Your Soul but the soul of Relaxin With The Miles Davis Quintet. Heavy comparisons I know - and Roy Hargrove is obviously not as ground breaking as either of these musicians - but this track is beautiful to listen to and is Roy at his best