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Wallace Roney
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Wallace Roney
Title: Misterios
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Original Release Date: 6/28/1994
Release Date: 6/28/1994
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 093624564126, 093624564140

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Tyler Smith | Denver, CO United States | 06/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD qualifies as one of the most pleasantly surprising of my recent acquisitions. Appropriately titled, it offers Roney delivering dark, smoky trumpet sounds in the best tradition of his hero, Miles Davis. In fact, I was more than a little worried about the release before I had heard it, because of Roney's occasional predilection for paying too much homage to Miles. The cover shows a pensive Roney, trumpet in hand, sitting next to a music stand in a dark studio. One can almost see a young Miles, and the impression is reinforced when you find that Teo Macero served as a producer for the date.Not to worry. This is Roney's date all the way. True, "Misterios" treads in the same territory as "Sketches of Spain," "Milestones" and the rest of Miles's great orchestral dates. But Wallace is in complete command as he flows through these beautiful charts. He's lyrical, yet technically complex and he meets the challenge, as Miles did, of transforming pop material, such as Lennon and McCartney's "Michelle" and Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" into lush jazz ballads.He gets considerable help, as well, from his brother Antoine on tenor sax, and the great pianist Geri Allen. Antoine glides in and out of what feels like a three-tune suite, "Cafe," "Misterios," and "Last to Know," spicing up the first and last of these with some fiery work. This is subtle material, best exemplified for me by the gorgeous "In Her Family," a melancholic exchange between Roney and Allen, backed by delicate strings and woodwinds. Gil Goldstein's fine conducting is displayed when the tune discreetly shifts to a quicker tempo, then lapses just as quickly back to its somber theme.This release should have gotten much more attention than it did. Perhaps critics were stuck with the perception that Roney was nothing more than a Miles clone. This should have been the CD that dispelled the perception once and for all. It's never too late."
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Bill Wood | 10/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The influence of Miles Davis on Wallace Roney is profound, and has been, for Roney, both a blessing and a curse. Those who revere Davis will, for this reason, either embrace this album or be offended by it, but, for me, there is no offense given by an album which is as nearly flawless as this one is, filled with mysterious,darkly beautiful, deeply-felt music. The spirit, if not the letter, of Miles lives on in Roney, and that is an undisguised blessing."
J. Rich | 08/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Trumpeter Wallace Roney may have turned in his best session with "Misterios." Beauty, intensity, and sensitivity are words that can only be used to describe the impact this recording has made.

Roney teams up with arranger Gil Goldstein for some great modern jazz renditions of popular songs. Joining Roney are Geri Allen on piano, Antoine Roney on tenor saxphone, Ravi Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Eric Allen on drums, and Clarence Seay on bass.

Roney's own playing, which sounds like Miles Davis, whom Wallace sites as his primary influence, is really satisfying throught this session. This album is an all ballad album, so if that scares you, then you might want to try another Roney album, but if beautiful arrangements, lush orchestration, and wonderful trumpet tone are might want to pick this one while there are still some available."