Roy Hargrove: Nothing Serious (2006)

Nothing Serious

Track list:

01. Nothing Serious
02. A Day In Vienna
03. Trust
04. Camaraderie
05. Devil Eyes
06. The Gift
07. Salima’s Dance
08. Invitation


Roy Hargrove – trumpet, flugelhorn;
Justin Robinson – alto sax, flute (#3);
Ronnie Mathews – piano;
Dwayne Burno – bass;
Willie Jones III – drums;
Slide Hampton – slide trombone (#2,7,8);

Recorded: 2006
Released: 2006
Label: Verve

Producer: Roy Hargrove, Larry Clothier
Co-producer: Dahlia Ambach Caplin
Engineered and Mixed by: Al Schmidt

As one of the “young lions” who emerged on the jazz scene in the late 1980s, trumpeter Roy Hargrove belongs to the jazz camp that harks back to the classic hard bop put out on Blue Note and Verve in the 1950s and early ’60s.

NOTHING SERIOUS, which was released by Verve in 2006, finds Hargrove working solidly in this mode and adding his own distinctive voice to the legacy.

Hargrove’s quintet consists of top-tier musicians who push all the right buttons at every turn.

It’s hard to criticize the musicians for sticking to the history books when they’re making music this fine (the Afro-Cuban-flavored title cut, and the haunting “Salima’s Dance” are just two of the album’s many highlights).

Excellent songwriting and guest spots from trombone legend Slide Hampton round out the package.

Solid from beginning to end, NOTHING SERIOUS proves that classic hard bop is still alive and kicking.

Verve celebrates the simultaneous release of two brand new studio recordings by trumpeter/composer/bandleader Roy Hargrove’s main touring groups the RH Factor Distractions and the Roy Hargrove Quintet.