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HARGROVE, Roy

(b 16 Oct. '69, Dallas TX) Trumpet, composer. Inspired by Clifford Brown, later encouraged and guided by Wynton Marsalis, came on the scene early '90s with Novus albums Diamond In The Rough '90, Public Eye '91, The Vibe '92, Of Kindred Souls '93, Approaching Standards and The Tokyo Sessions (co-led with Antonio Hart) '94, showcases for fiery but lyrical playing in company with other young lions like alto saxist Hart, pianist Stephen Scott and bassist Christian McBride. Sonny Rollins named a tune 'Young Roy' after Hargrove; he played on McBride's debut album Gettin' To It '94 on Verve, and switched to that label himself: the Roy Hargrove Quintet made The Tenors Of Our Time '94 with guests Johnny Griffin, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Henderson, Branford Marsalis and Joshua Redman. Hargrove's Family was a thank-you card, inviting friends and influences from McBride to Fathead Newman to take part; Parker's Mood '95 paid tribute to Bird, the trio co-led by McBride and Scott; Extended Family '97 was debut of the Roy Hargrove Big Band.