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The Wallace Roney Quintet


  • 1. Spyra
    2. Astral Radium
    3. G.D.D.
    4. Night and Day
    5. Nightrance
    6. Ultra-Axis
    7. Clowns
    8. High Stakes
    9. Geri
    10. Northern Lights
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 45914

  • Credits
    ProducerTeo Macero
    EngineerJames Farber

    The Wallace Roney Quintet: Wallace Roney (trumpet); Antoine Roney (tenor saxophone); Carlos McKinney (piano); Clarence Seay (bass); Eric Allen (drums).
    Recorded at the Power Station, New York, New York on February 20-22, 1995. Includes liner notes by Wallace Roney.
    Personnel: Wallace Roney (trumpet); Antoine Roney (tenor saxophone); Carlos McKinney (piano); Eric Allen (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Glen Kolotkin.
    Liner Note Author: Wallace Roney.
    Recording information: Power Station, New York, NY (02/20/1995-02/22/1995).
    Photographer: Mike Segal.
    With his second CD for Warner Bros., Wallace Roney began to break free of the frequent claim that he was overly imitating Miles Davis. With an exciting quintet including brother Antoine Roney on trumpet, pianist Carlos McKinney, bassist Clarence Seay, and drummer Eric Allen, the trumpeter encouraged his band to contribute pieces for this recording; the sideman are responsible for six of the ten pieces, and the performances indicate this is a true band and not just a showboat leader with a supporting cast. Antoine's tense, post-bop cooker "Spyra" is an excellent opener, with provocative solos and terrific ensemble work, while Seay's dark "High Stakes" is an eerie bossa nova with an explosive solo by the leader. The opening to "Night and Day" (the sole standard) is quite unusual, sounding as if Roney is walking toward the microphone as he begins his unaccompanied introduction, before settling in with the full quintet in a tantalizing off-center arrangement. The trumpeter wrote the last two pieces, including the mysterious ballad "Geri" (dedicated to his wife, pianist Geri Allen), a piece full of surprising twists, along with the infectious uptempo riff blues "Northern Lights." ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (2/2/96, p.59) - "...Some of Roney's recordings have been conceptually thin, but here, a bolder, more unified identity emerges on original tunes played with quixotic bravura. Miles-esque and proud, Roney remains one of the men with a horn who matters most." - Rating: B+
    Down Beat (3/96, p.29) - "...an adventurous, often harshly elegant quintet recording....reveals Roney to have achieved considerable success in his struggle to step out as a legitimate leader in the world of contemporary acoustic jazz..."
    JazzTimes (3/96, p.88) - "...While the telepathic call and response, interplay and power of this ensemble will invariably cause some listeners to draw comparisons to Miles Davis' '60s ensemble, these musicians are clearly advancing and embellishing the Miles-ian muse in this generation..."
    Vibe (5/96, p.124) - "...Roney and cohorts recall the telepathic empathy of Davis's band as well as the stark analytical approach they brought to high-energy improvising."
    Musician (6/96, p.89) - "...The trumpeter's burnished tone and emphatic articulation, coupled with a steely rhythmic dynamism and enormous stanima, enable him to construct long, flowing melodic lines. Wallace Roney's got everything..."
    New York Times (Publisher) (2/25/96, Sec.2, p.34) - "...Wallace Roney, a trumpeter, is one of the more perplexing of the young musicians. He's extremely resourceful harmonically and rhythmically..."
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