Soaring Afro-Cuban Jazz Concert
I was minimally familiar with Roy Hargrove before this show at Scullers, but all I needed to know was that his style has been Afro-Cuban with forays into funk, hip-hop, and bop. Afro-Cuban is arguably my favorite form of jazz so I was all in for this show.
I apologize for the darkness of the photos; I was sitting very close to the stage, which was perfect for sound and the view, but not so perfect for photos.
Roy has performed with a veritable Who’s Who of Jazz Musicians – Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine, Wynton Marsalis, and Slide Hampton to name a few. He is extraordinarily talented as a trumpeter, bandleader, and flugelhorn player.
There was no banter from the stage – they came to play and that they did. The band comprises Quincy Phillips on drums, Ameen Saleem on double bass, Justin Robinson on sax, and Sullivan Fortner on piano.
I loved sitting so close to the piano. I was enthralled watching Sullivan’s hands move across with the keys with such dexterity.
The band barely allowed time between numbers for the audience to applaud. I felt that they wanted to give us as much as they could in the first set and encore, considering we had to clear the room for the second set. If I had not had to get up early the next morning, I would have stayed for the second set – that’s how good the show was!
Unfortunately I can’t give you names of the numbers they performed. They played I will say that you wouldn’t go wrong purchasing any one of his albums!
I feel so fortunate to live in a city where artists such as Roy Hargrove Quintet perform and where venues such as Scullers exist.
Posted on February 4, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged Afro-Cuban, Ameen Saleem, boston, concert review, jazz, Justin Robinson, music, Quincy Phillips, Roy Hargrove, Scullers Jazz, Sullivan Fortner. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.