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Hard Groove
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Album: Hard Groove
# Song Title   Time
1)    Hardgroove More Info... 5:32
2)    Common Free Style More Info... 5:58
3)    I'll Stay More Info... 7:51
4)    Interlude More Info... 1:00
5)    Pastor "T" More Info... 5:45
6)    Poetry More Info... 5:49
7)    The Joint More Info... 5:41
8)    Forget Regret More Info... 3:52
9)    Out Of Town More Info... 3:59
10)    Liquid Streets More Info... 4:59
11)    Kwah/Home More Info... 5:59
12)    How I Know More Info... 4:56
13)    Juicy More Info... 6:35
14)    The Stroke More Info... 4:28
 

Album: Hard Groove
# Song Title   Time
1)    Hardgroove More Info... 5:32
2)    Common Free Style More Info... 5:58
3)    I'll Stay More Info... 7:51
4)    Interlude More Info... 1:00
5)    Pastor "T" More Info... 5:45
6)    Poetry More Info... 5:49
7)    The Joint More Info... 5:41
8)    Forget Regret More Info... 3:52
9)    Out Of Town More Info... 3:59
10)    Liquid Streets More Info... 4:59
11)    Kwah/Home More Info... 5:59
12)    How I Know More Info... 4:56
13)    Juicy More Info... 6:35
14)    The Stroke More Info... 4:28
 
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Tracks

1. Hardgroove

2. Common Free Style

3. I'll Stay

4. Interlude

5. Pastor 't'

6. Poetry

7. The Joint

8. Forget Regret

9. Out Of Town

10. Liquid Streets

11. Kwah/Home

12. How I Know

13. Juicy

14. The Stroke

Performer Notes
  • The RH Factor: Roy Hargrove (arranger, trumpet, flugelhorn, keyboards, bass, percussion); Keith Anderson (alto & tenor saxophones); Jacques Schwarz-Bart (tenor saxophone); James Poyser (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards); Bernard Wright (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, ARP synthesizer); Bobby Sparks (Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, ARP synthesizer); Spanky, Cornell Dupree (guitar); Pino Palladino, Reggie Washington (bass); Willie Jones III, Jason Thomas (drums).
  • Additional personnel: D'Angelo (vocals, Wurlitzer piano); Renee Neufville, Stephanie McKay, Shelby Johnson, Erykah Badu (vocals); Common, Q-Tip (rap vocals); Steve Coleman (alto saxophone); Karl Denson (flute); Meshell Ndegeocello (bass); Kwaku Obeng (percussion).
  • Producers: Roy Hargrove, Jason Olaine, Russell Elevado.
  • Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York, New York between January & September 2002.
  • "I'll Stay" was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.
  • Having previously explored such varying genres as classic bebop on PARKER'S MOOD, and Latin swing in HABANA, Roy Hargrove turns his attention to urban R&B with this consistently entertaining set. HARD GROOVE is one of the more adventurous albums in the trumpeter's Verve catalogue, featuring hip-hop artists such as Q-Tip and sophisticated R&B singers Erykah Badu and D'Angelo.
  • As you'd expect from such company, the music is smooth as Courvoisier, especially on such grooving soul cuts as "Forget Regret," with Stephanie Mackay's tough-but-fragile vocals reminiscent of Randy Crawford's work with the Crusaders. And of course Hargrove can't resist a cursory nod to Miles Davis on the all-too-brief "Interlude," with its urban ambience. Mostly, though, HARD GROOVE is that rare delight--high-quality jazz-funk that avoids straying into the realms of lite jazz. Hargrove's tasteful, lyrically swinging trumpet is a constant pleasure, while the impeccably credentialed musicianship negotiates its way through the jazz- and R&B-inflected arrangements with practiced ease.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (6/13/03, pp.96-7) - "...A mix that stresses thick bass, heavy backbeats, and danceable grooves..." - Rating: B

CMJ (5/19/03, p.8) - "...Tightly focused funk-Jazz and laid-back Hip-Hop/soul is fleshed out over the album's 14 tracks, making for both perfect dinner party music and great headphone listening for those with an obsession for precise sonic analysis..."

Mojo (Publisher) (7/03, p.111) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...HARD GROOVE is stuffed to the gunwales with top notch guests, and the atmosphere is like a rootsy hip hop-soul version of those Quincy Jones jam session albums..."
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