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Tributes paid to jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove

GONE TOO SOON: Jazz musician Roy Hargrove worked with artists such as D'Angelo

FRIENDS AND fans of jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove have paid tribute to him and shared their love of his music after he died on Friday aged 49.

Hargrove suffered a fatal cardiac arrest in New York.

The two-time Grammy award-winning musician successful career included collaborations with artists such as with D’Angelo, Erykah Badu and Common.

Questlove, who worked closely with Hargrove, said: “The Great Roy Hargrove. He is literally the one man horn section I hear in my head when I think about music.

“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.”



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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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Don Cheadle tweeted: “RIP Roy Hargrove. You were a beautiful soul, young lion, and you will be terribly missed.”

Anita baker described Hargrove as a “soulful, brilliant young master”.

Diana Krall tweeted: “I am so sad to hear of the great Roy Hargrove’s passing. His depth of emotion his love of the music especially “ the pretty songs” he loved to talk about and play on the piano after hours we will greatly miss.”

John Mayer, another musician who collaborated with Hargrove, said: “Very sad to learn of the passing of Roy Hargrove. What a masterful player and composer. Supernaturally talented, cool, and kind. We’ll remember him forever.”

Hargrove’s Habana won the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album in 1998. He later won the Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album in 2002 for Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall, a body of work produced in collaboration with Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker.

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