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A safe bet. As a trumpeter, Wallace Roney is following in the footsteps of Miles Davis, and he is still one of the leading figures in the renaissance of the jazz trumpet. Discovered by Art Blakey, Roney was a member of the Tony Williams Quintet for years, and for a long time the leader of his own bands. He is now performing in the cosy atmosphere of clubs.
A musician whose slightest gesture exudes elegance. When he picks up his trumpet, his head is filled with all the emotions of a music that permeates his earliest memories. Among them, that day when he was 12, when after a concert by the Messengers, Art Blakey told him: “One day you’ll be part of my band”. Seven years later, Roney made that prediction come true, when he became the trumpet player in the Messengers, where he would be succeeded by Wynton Marsalis.
Roney has often said that history repeats itself. If Charlie Parker sounded like Lester Young, and it seemed that the early Coltrane got everything from Dexter Gordon, he studied the albums of Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and Miles Davis, and of course, he can sound like any one of them. However, when he gets on stage, the way he treats the tunes he plays immediately reveals his singular style.
Components Wallace Roney: trumpet Emilio Modeste: tenor sax Oscar Williams: piano Paul Cuffari: bass Malick Koly: drums