Roy Hargrove's RH Factor

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove has firmly established himself as one of this generation's premier players in jazz and beyond.

Ever stretching into more challenging and colorful ways to flex his musical chops, Hargrove has left indelible imprints in a vast array of artful settings. in 2003, he introduced his own hip hop/jazz collective The RH Factor with the groundbreaking CD Hard Groove (swiftly followed by the limited edition EP, Strength).

“I've been doing more touring with RH Factor than my quintet lately,” Hargrove muses. He goes on to say, “What do we have to offer in the world of jazz today? It's about being innovative, which is cool. But innovation right now will come in music that's swinging and feels good. It's meaningless if it doesn't make you feel something.”

As a trumpeter, composer, and an arranger, Roy Hargrove has been a mainstay of the contemporary music scene in a variety of formats for nearly two decades.

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