Roy Hargrove—the jazz trumpeter to contributed to albums by artists together with D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Common, and so many extra—has died, as jazz journalist and Pitchfork contributor Nate Chinen reports. He was 49 years outdated.
A prodigious expertise whose star rose within the early 1990s, Hargrove was found by Wynton Marsalis when he was nonetheless in highschool. Marsalis gave Hargrove his begin, permitting him to sit down in along with his band and introducing him to established musicians. After a single yr at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Hargrove started his profession in earnest, releasing solo albums and performing alongside notable jazz figures akin to Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Jackie McLean, Oscar Peterson, and extra.
In 2000, he supplied brass preparations and carried out on Erykah Badu’s sophomore album Mama’s Gun. That identical yr, he contributed to D’Angelo’s iconic report Voodoo and Common’s main label debut Like Water for Chocolate. In 2014, he would reunite with D’Angelo to carry out on Black Messiah. Hargrove continued to report and carry out music stay till his demise.