Tuesday, November 12, 2013

AccuRadio Song of The Day-Roy Hargrove Big Band

Artist:Roy Hargrove Big Band f/Roberta Gambarini
Song:Everytime We Say Goodbye

In 2009, trumpeter Roy Hargrove decided to defy common sense and record a big band album and take it on the road. I saw this band a few years ago and I think the CD is better than the live band. So why did Hargrove start a big band? He likes to try different things. He had been very successful as a leader and his soul group RH Factor was very successful. The album is mostly instrumental but Italian singer Roberta Gambarini is featured on two songs including the Cole Porter standard Everytime We Say Goodbye. Guitarist Saul Rubin wrote the arrangement. Other musicians include Jason Marshall, Keith Loftis and Norbert Stachel on sax, Ambrose Akinmusire, Darren Barrett and Greg Gisbert on trumpet, Saunders Sermons, Vincent Chandler and Max Siegel on trombone, Gerald Clayton on piano, Danton Boller on bass, Montez Coleman on drums and Roland Guerrero on percussion. Roberta Gambarini is from Turin, Italy. She performed on radio and TV in Italy and moved to the US in 1998. Roberta has recorded a few solo CDs. But she does a lot of these kind of guest appearances. She toured with the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band and worked a lot with the late pianist Hank Jones. He latest CD was released only in Japan. Though Roy Hargrove still tours and has been a sideman on other artist's recordings, Emergence is his most recent CD. Here's the Roy Hargrove Big Band featuring Roberta Gambarini performing Everytime We Say Goodbye 2009.

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