Roy Hargrove presents The RH Factor – Hard Groove


Most jazz-meets-hip-hop collaborations suffer from stiff beats plastered over abstract, high-minded solos. Not so with this collection from the ’70s-bred, Texan-born trumpet wunderkind. Sure, he knows the musical language and lineages of Clifford Brown and Miles Davis. But he’s also down with contemporaries like D’Angelo, Q-Tip, and homegirl Erykah Badu, who appear on this star-studded CD. Hargrove is backed by an in-the-pocket assemblage of jazz-honed phenoms featuring keyboardist Marc Cary, alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, and flautist Karl Denson. They all put their grooves where their guts are, and the music evokes tinges of Donald Byrd’s back-in-the-day waxworks. D’Angelo’s down-home delivery lights up Funkadelic’s psychedelic slow drag, “I’ll Stay,” while ebullient Common kicks up the verbal virtuosity on “Common Free Style.” The Q-Tip/Erykah Badu cut “Poetry” could be a summer anthem. Throughout this tasty and tasteful project Roy Hargroove’s cool and clarion trumpet tones provide the right sonic seasoning for this dancing and delectable disc. –Eugene Holley, Jr.


01. Hardgroove
02. Common Free Style feat. Common
03 .I’ll Stay feat. D’Angelo
04. Interlude
05. Pastor T
06. Poetry feat. Q-Tip & Erykah Badu
07. The Joint
08. Forget Regret feat. Stephanie Mckay
09. Out Of Town
10. Liquid Streets
11. Kwah/Home feat. Anthony Hamilton
12. How I Know feat. Shelby Johnson
13. Juicy feat. Renee Neufville
14. The Stroke

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8 Responses to “Roy Hargrove presents The RH Factor – Hard Groove”

  1. Voodoo_child says:

    Shiiiiiiit I was looking for this album yesterday! Man can read my mind!

  2. frank says:

    I remember this little gem, been a while, think I shall go back for another listen…

  3. Bruce says:

    One of my favourite albums of all time. Brilliant stuff!

  4. FRY says:

    grazie grazie grazie francesco, amo roy, amo qtip, non sapevo avessero collaborato!!!!! thanks man, you help me again

  5. CreativeHustler says:

    Very dope album, didn’t know about it till now! Thanks for this and many other gems – Keep up the good work

  6. Pierre says:

    very very good album, my favourite is Distractions and their first Strenght a gem of jazz-funk. I like it ! Good work

  7. Barbiefresh says:

    LOVE it!!

  8. pubicplucked says:

    the links don’t seem to be working anymore.

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