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Wallace Roney

Wallace Roney's dilemma recalls that of Sonny Stitt in the '50s and '60s: his trumpet tone, timbre, approach, phrasing, and sound so closely mirror that of Miles Davis in his pre-jazz/rock phase that he's been savaged in many places for being a clone and unrepentant imitator. Stitt stopped playing alto for years because of his disdain for being labeled a Charlie Parker clone; Roney, on the other hand, played many of Miles Davis' parts on the 1992 tribute to the Birth of the Cool sessions, which was issued in 1993 as Miles Davis and Quincy Jones at Montreaux. Roney even addressed the situation in the publication Jazz Times in 1993, blasting what he saw as unfair critical obsession with his stylistic similarity to Davis. It's a classic no-win situation; he does sound tremendously like Davis and can't be completely absolved from critical charges of imitation. But he's also a fine, evocative player on ballads and can be fiery and explosive on uptempo tunes. Roney put in his stint in one of the last editions of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He began recording as a leader in the late '80s with several sessions for Muse in primarily a hard bop mode, many pairing him with equally energized saxophonists Gary Thomas or Kenny Garrett. In 2000, Roney took a creative turn toward funk and experimental post-bop with the album No Room for Argument, a direction he has stuck with through several albums, including 2004's Prototype and 2005's Mystikal. However, Roney never fully retreated from straight-ahead jazz and generally incorporates a variety of jazz styles on his albums. This varied approach is represented on such releases as 2007's Jazz, 2010's If Only for One Night, and 2012's Home. In 2013, Roney delivered Understanding, his sixth album for Highnote. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi
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Chet Baker was lauded for sounding like the"Classic Miles. So many artist are villified for not standing still; like Marvin Stevie.Stop it let the artist create and we just listen, if you like fine , if not fine based only on artistic merit and content alone.
He's boring. Just another guy playing notes with no melody and structure, going absolutely nowhere as a song.
nrieser0
I don't think it's imitation. It seems to come from within Wallace. He just happens to have a similar viewpoint to Miles's. It's as though Miles was born later. Wallace is too good to dismiss. Just enjoy the second experience of Miles!
mattisussman
Since when was sounding like Miles a bad thing? Good stuff!
steve.rosen9
His Blue in Green fooled me. I thought it was Miles. Beautiful homage.
steven3697
By far the most inventive and breathtaking l y spontaneous of the new generation of trumpet players. Wynton knows what he's going to play days before he plays it. Wallace is daring, lyrical, and will only get better.
HEY MAN no better horn player than MD if your tones sound like the great MD okay that means your tones will have that great jazz sound keeep up the great tones and don't look back
Wallace is killer. Give me a break on the Miles comparisons. Urban legend is Miles gave his horn to Wallace prior to his death. Pretty good endorsement, so give the man his due. He is his own man, and just stupid good. Enough with the criticism.
Wallace is relatively young. Let's see how he develops in the coming years. Remember the progression Miles went through in his life. I look forward to Wallace breaking some new ground in the future but until then I will just enjoy his music
Well, along with being non apologetic for who he appears to imitate, he does have decent chops, is creative and remarkably consistent in always playing well.
I like Wallace...bu t he's not speaking...h e ' s simply repeating. You listen to jazz to hear what people have to say through music...and Wallace is in no way an original and clings too tightly to the legacy of Miles to really be saying anything for himself. One can be influenced by an artist but to be so influenced that your own thoughts seem to be overpowered by someone else' in Jazz is unacceptable . Be an original...b r a n c h out.
I loved Miles. I miss Miles. When he was with us, I always wondered what kind of different thing Miles was gonna do next.I'm not nostalgic about music and Miles certainly wasn't either. He was a true improvisatio n a l artist and I believe he was jazz greatest visionary. So what if Wallace Roney just happens to sound similar. He's a excellent hornman in
If you sound that much like one of the greatest, well good job. Just because someone creates a style doesn't mean you should not be influenced by them. This would cause later generations to forget about such legends. The best thing about Miles i think is he helped develop and perfect 4 NEW TYPES of jazz within his career. That is amazing.

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