October 20, 2005 |
THE presence of DJ Val on stage Tuesday at the Jazz Bakery with trumpeter Wallace Roney's sextet let the audience know right away that the ensemble probably was going to move beyond mainstream jazz territory. That's precisely what happened.
August 16, 1992 |
What's wrong with this picture? The setting is a sound stage in Burbank. Tony Williams is at his trademark yellow drum set. Nearby, Herbie Hancock plays a Steinway grand piano, while Ron Carter plucks his bass. Wayne Shorter is there too, playing tenor saxophone, his glasses perched on the bridge of his nose as he concentrates on an arrangement of his tune "Orbits." And then there's the trumpet player.
March 28, 1993 |
* * 1/2 Wallace Roney, "Seth Air," Muse. Many critics have awarded the late Miles Davis' mantle to Roney, and the 32-year-old trumpeter, appears to have taken the association to heart. Though Roney's assured attack and phrasing build beautifully on Davis' lyrical legacy, the material--especially those tunes by saxophonist-brother Antoine Roney (whose playing, fittingly enough, shadows Wayne Shorter)--tends to ape, rather than extend, Davis' quintet sound of the '60s.
July 24, 1994 |
WALLACE RONEY "Misterios" Warner Bros. * * 1/2 The perplexing problem facing trumpeter Wallace Roney has been the sometimes misleading, sometimes accurate comparison of his playing with Miles Davis. His work within the Davis tribute ensemble and its subsequent recording has only tended to underscore the dilemma. Unfortunately, despite the excellence of Roney's playing, most of the tracks here won't do much to relieve the Davis connections.
January 31, 2002 |
Wallace Roney kicked off his opening set at Catalina Bar & Grill on Tuesday night with a wildly virtuosic trumpet solo. Ranging with seeming effortlessness across the full scope of his instrument, he instantly revealed how far he has come since the early days of his career, when he was seen by many as a Miles Davis musical clone.
December 30, 1993 |
Surprisingly, Catalina's is closing out 1993 with one of the major disappointments of the year: a group led by trumpeter Wallace Roney. It's not that there is a lack of talent; it's what the members do with it. Roney was hailed here, just two years ago this week, as "the jazz front-runner in the stakes for stardom next year."