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Roy Hargrove, Grammy-Winning Jazz Trumpeter, Dies at 49

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The death of a musician is always a sad loss for our world. Roy Hargrove, a Grammy-winning trumpeter and jazz musician died Saturday (Nov.3) at the age of 49. He died in New York due to a cardiac arrest stemming from a longtime fight with kidney disease, manager Larry Clothier said in a statement.

It was Wynton Marsalis who discovered Hargrove as a high school student. He would eventually perform alongside jazz titans like Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins and Oscar Peterson. In 1998, Roy Hargrove took home a Grammy for ‘Best Latin Jazz Performance’ for his work on Habana. Then, in 2003, he won the award for ‘Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Directions in Music’.

Moreover, the talented musician was known to have worked alongside artists like D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Common and Sonny Rollins. Many of Hargrove’s peers regarded him as the greatest trumpeter of his generation. Through his own bands and as a sideman, Hargrove brewed his jazz with African and Latin sounds, R&B, soul, pop, funk and hip-hop.

On Instagram, the Roots’ Questove paid tribute to the jazz musician:

“The Great Roy Hargrove. He is literally the one man horn section I hear in my head when I think about music.”

The drummer continued, “To watch him harmonize with himself stacking nine horn lines on mamouth 10 mins songs RARELY rewinding to figure out what he did.”

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The Great Roy Hargrove. He is literally the one man horn section I hear in my head when I think about music. To watch him harmonize with himself stacking nine horn lines on mamouth 10 mins songs RARELY rewinding to figure out what he did. Or not even contemplating what the harmony was (this is up there with Jay Z never writes his rhymes territory) —-like you can hear an incomplete Dangelo song once—-like an 11 min song—-and then in 20 secs you know the EXACT SPOT ON line to bob in and weave out?!!!! I know I’ve spoken in every aspect of Soulquarian era recording techniques but even I can’t properly document how crucial and spot on Roy was with his craft man. We NEVER gave him instructions: just played the song and watched him go —-like “come back in 45 mins I’ll have something” matter of fact now that I think of it —-I was so amped to put handclaps on @Common’s #ColdBlooded @JamesPoyser and i didn’t even take proper time out to approve what he worked on, it was like I already knew. So when you hear us SCREAMING/laughing at the 1:51 mark (me/com/d/rahzel/james) that’s us MIND BLOWN at another #Game6 esque performance from Roy. And all that stuff towards the end? We just reacting in real time to greatness. Such a key component. And a beautiful cat man. Love to the immortal timeless genius that will forever be Roy Hargrove y’all. #RoyHargroveRip

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