I happened to catch up with Roy Hargrove at Yoshi's after seeing their performance in Europe earlier this year and oh, oh, oh! Just goes to show ya, you can never judge an artist by one performance. That stands to reason.
Roy and his pals were more groovin', more improvisational, looser. There was plenty of hard-driving jazz, a touch of ballads and plenty of technical fortitude, but one thing I never expected was to hear Roy sing! He offered up a vocal kitchen of corn bread, collard greens, macaroni and cheese and grape soda. It was all too much fun and the interplay between his Quintet was one big party.
Willy Jones, drums, really went off in comparison to his European performance and a solo profiled his invigorating talent. Gerald Cannon-bass, Larry Willis-piano and Willy on drums are a trio in their own right, but add Sherman Irby-sax and our fine young lion and you have a combination that can't be beat. Of course the most beautiful piece was a FAS tune, All My Tomorrows, where Roy's dynamic trumpet style proves he is one of the top jazz musicians around. He can turn it around with Walk On The Water (baby!) and take you from melancholy to finger snapping in minutes.
Looks like Roy and his Quintet has made the circuit from Europe to New York City to San Franciso in a matter of a few months and every performance just seems to get fantastic reviews. It's always one of the best concerts to see in the jazz scene and a must-see for the die-hard jazz fan.