Jazz musicians aren’t always welcome in hip-hop’s hood. But trumpeter Hargrove plays regularly with the likes of D’Angelo, Common, and Erykah Badu. Hence, the all-star cast and a mix that stresses thick bass, heavy backbeats, and danceable grooves. Forgive the back-patting wordplay of ”Common Free Style” (”Roy Hargrove/Stars rove in the sky”), and listen to the horn-and-voice riff: It echoes P-Funk, as does D’Angelo’s simmering take on George Clinton’s ”I’ll Stay.” Badu haunts on ”Poetry,” and Hargrove’s savvy playing lights up even the cuts that miss.
The RH Factor Hard GrooveJazz musicians aren't always welcome in hip-hop's hood. But trumpeter Hargrove plays regularly with the likes of D'Angelo, Common, and Erykah Badu. Hence,...The RH Factor Hard GrooveJazz, Hip-Hop/RapJazz musicians aren't always welcome in hip-hop's hood. But trumpeter Hargrove plays regularly with the likes of D'Angelo, Common, and Erykah Badu. Hence,...2003-06-13
Genre: Jazz, Hip-Hop/Rap; Guest Performer: Erykah Badu, D'Angelo; Producer (group): Verve
Posted January 17 2015 — 4:48 AM EST
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