Kevin Press, All About Jazz

Trumpeter Wallace Roney has come a long way since his days as a Miles Davis mentee. The young man who earned the Down Beat Award for Best Young Jazz Musician of the Year in both 1979 and 1980 is now a seasoned veteran with 22 band-leader recordings to his credit.

During his career, Roney has played with Davis, Art BlakeyDizzy GillespieWayne ShorterHerbie HancockRon CarterChick Corea and a long list of others.

On his new album, Blue Dawn-Blue Nights (HighNote Records, 2019), he’s partnered with Emilio Modeste on tenor and soprano saxophones, Oscar Williams II on piano, Paul Cuffariion bass, Quintin Zoto on guitar and a pair of drummers: Wallace’s nephew Kojo Odu Roneyand Lenny White.

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