ROY HARGROVE MULGREW MILLER TOGETHER ON RESONANCE
CELEBRATING ROY HARGROVE & MULGREW MILLER TOGETHER ON RESONANCE! (https://bit.ly/31U7hb4
& Full press release text below) We’re thrilled to share news of our new
Record Store Day
(June 12) release: ROY HARGROVE & MULGREW MILLER “IN HARMONY.” This is the first official Roy Hargrove release since his passing in 2018, and first in 12 years. “In Harmony” was captured live by Hargrove’s longtime manager, and co-producer on this album, Larry Clothier, on January 15, 2006 at Merkin Hall at the
Kaufman Music Center
in New York City and November 9, 2007 at the
Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College
in Easton, PA, with piano great Mulgrew Miller.
The limited-edition 180-gram 2-LP set is being released in cooperation with
Roy Hargrove Legacy
and the Mulgrew Miller Estate and will include an elaborate 16-pg LP insert with rare photos, an essay by acclaimed writer Ted Panken, plus interviews and statements by Sonny Rollins (
The Official Sonny Rollins Page
, Karriem Riggins,
and others. The vinyl edition is mastered by Bernie Grundman (
Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios
) at 33 1/3 RPM and pressed at
Record Technology Inc
(RTI). The deluxe 2-CD and digital download editions will be released June 18th and come with a 68-page booklet with the same editorial content as the LP edition.
Co-producer Zev Feldman says, “From the very first time I heard these recordings, I was immediately taken by the sheer virtuosity of these two masters’ ability to mesh with each other. They’re playing their hearts out and I personally find these to be some of the most daring and beautiful interpretations of classic jazz repertoire I’ve heard. It’s an honor for Resonance to be able to collaborate with the families of Roy Hargrove and Mulgrew Miller to bring this music to their many fans, and we thank them for the opportunity.”
Full Press Release Text:
RESONANCE RECORDS TO ISSUE IN HARMONY IN JUNE 2021 FEATURING TRUMPETER ROY HARGROVE AND PIANIST MULGREW MILLER IN A CAPTIVATING DUO
Previously unreleased live recordings from 2006 and 2007, available June 12th as a limited-edition 180-gram 2-LP Record Store Day exclusive and June 18th as a deluxe 2-CD and digital edition issued in coordination with the Hargrove and Miller Estates
Elaborate booklet with rare photos, informative essay by Ted Panken, interviews and statements from Sonny Rollins, Christian McBride, Common, Ron Carter, Jon Batiste, Karriem Riggins, Keyon Harrold, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Botti, Robert Glasper and others
Los Angeles — Resonance Records, the award-winning label home of acclaimed archival releases by Nat King Cole, Bob James, Charles Lloyd, Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery and more, is thrilled to announce the release of “In Harmony,” a stunning set of live performances by Roy Hargrove on trumpet and Mulgrew Miller on piano, available on June 12, 2021 for Record Store Day. In Harmony provides a rare glimpse of these two now departed and dearly missed greats, united in song and improvisational mastery in front of audiences at Merkin Hall in New York City (January 15, 2006) and Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania (November 9, 2007).
Co-produced by Zev Feldman and Larry Clothier with executive producer, George Klabin, In Harmony is the first posthumous Hargrove release since the trumpeter’s untimely passing on November 2, 2018 at age 49. Aida Brandes-Hargrove, President of Roy Hargrove Legacy, said: “Roy’s daughter Kamala and I are excited to collaborate with Resonance and to get this great new album out to Roy’s many fans.”
Miller passed away on May 29, 2013 at age 57. With In Harmony, we are back in the musical company of these two greats for a short but precious time. And though the settings heard here were ticketed concerts, the vibe unfolds exactly as it might have back in the day at Bradley’s, when Hargrove was first coming up in the late ’80s and Miller loomed large from his associations with Art Blakey, Tony Williams and others. Acclaimed jazz journalist Ted Panken, in his extensive booklet essay for In Harmony, evokes that scene, and its central importance to Hargrove’s development, in vivid detail.
Hargrove told Panken, “Bradley’s was like going to school. It was like your masters. You go in there, and you’re playing, and there’s Freddie Hubbard at the bar! What do you do? Everything I’m playing right now I owe to that whole scene.”
Hargrove hailed from Texas, Miller from Mississippi. Each of them drank deep from the Black music traditions of their respective regions, absorbing lessons from family, the church, and blues and soul artists long before they became immersed in the language of their jazz forebears. In Harmony finds the two alluding to those great jazz legacies in many ways, from song choices to improvisational flourishes to off-the-cuff yet impeccably placed arranging details.
We hear Hargrove calling out to Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Blue Mitchell, and more. Yet he plays from the perspective of a prescient bandleader who burst through genre boundaries collaborating with leading lights of hip-hop, neo-soul and Afro-Cuban music, laying the groundwork for such next-generation trumpeters as Keyon Harrold and Theo Croker (both of whom are quoted in the booklet as well).
Miller, as Panken observes, had his own “fluid personal argot,” even as he drew on influences from Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett to Woody Shaw. “His concept drew on piano-as-orchestra signposts like Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal and Erroll Garner, the ‘blowing piano’ of Bud Powell, the disjunctive syncopations and voicings of Thelonious Monk, and the melodic ingenuity of gurus like Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan and Cedar Walton,” Panken adds.
It’s all there, in the bright tempos of “What Is This Thing Called Love” and “Invitation,” the majestic balladry of “I Remember Clifford” and “Never Let Me Go,” or the funk of “Fungii Mama,” where one can practically hear Al Foster’s signature drum groove from the Blue Mitchell original. Which brings us to another key Panken observation: In Harmony is the only recording in Hargrove’s entire discography not to feature a drummer. Miller, for his part, has one solo album and a scant few duos in his catalog, making In Harmony an even more significant addition to the historical record.
“From the very first time I heard these recordings, I was immediately taken by the sheer virtuosity of these two masters’ ability to mesh with each other,” says Resonance Records Co-President and Co-Producer of In Harmony Zev Feldman. “They’re playing their hearts out. I personally find these to be some of the most daring and beautiful interpretations of classic jazz repertoire I’ve heard. It’s an honor for Resonance to be able to collaborate with the families of Roy Hargrove and Mulgrew Miller to bring this music to their many fans, and we thank them for the opportunity.”
For more information please contact:
Ann Braithwaite / Braithwaite & Katz Communications
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