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"Three Views of the Blues," the penultimate track on Prototype, trumpeter Wallace Roney's High Note debut, efficiently encapsulates Roney's present preoccupations. It begins with Adam Holzman's stabbing synth chords juxtaposed with mysterious cyber-scratch figures from D. J. Logic and techno-like beats from drummer Eric Allen. Suddenly, the time transitions to a medium-slow lope. Roney states a blues line with beautiful open tone, a sort of blend of Miles Davis and Clifford Brown, his two canonic trumpet influences. Holzman enters on the Fender Rhodes as the mood morphs to a world-funk ‘70s feel, and Roney concludes with a brief statement.

Far from the most spectacular track on Prototype, "Three Views of the Blues" illuminates the scope of Roney's reference. Miles biographer Quincy's Troupe's liner notes state: "Roney sees his music as an amalgam of links, with Miles' playing and his album Nefertiti as one link; Weather Report as the compositional link; Mwandishi as the conceptual link, with John Coltrane as the spiritual link."

Joined by a superb unit (spouse Geri Allen plays keyboards, brother Antoine Roney plays saxophones, and Matthew Garrison, a Roney bandmate with Herbie Hancock's turn-of-the-century Future-2-Future band), Roney navigates environments futuristic ("Quadrant 329-4-526" and "Cyberspace"), transdiasporic ("Shadow Dance" is a Herbie-meets-Trane form with an inspired opening salvo from guest Don Byron on bass clarinet), contemporary (the title track is by Andre Benjamin from Outkast), romantic (Al Green's "Let's Stay Together"), and avant-bop (based on an abstracted "Moose the Mooche" rhythm motif, "Then and Now" is an elastic dialogue by the Roney brothers).

Don't let this imaginative, beautifully played date pass under your radar.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2004
Label: Highnote
UPC: 0632375711627
catalogNumber: 757116
Rank: 30074

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wallace Roney   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Geri Allen   Piano,fender rhodes
Don Byron   Bass Clarinet
Adam Holzman   Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Clifton Anderson   Trombone
Eric Allen   Drums
Matthew Garrison   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Double Bass,Acoustic Bass
Antoine Roney   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
DJ Logic   Turntables

Technical Credits

Green   Composer
Wallace Roney   Composer
Don Sickler   Producer,Audio Production
Willie Mitchell   Composer
Adam Holzman   Composer
Ronnie Burrage   Composer
Joe Fields   Executive Producer
Antoine Roney   Composer
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
Al Jackson   Composer
Quincy Troupe   Liner Notes
André Benjamin   Composer

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