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ALBUM REVIEWS : *** WALLACE RONEY “The Standardbearer” <i> Muse</i>

This quintet finds the trumpeter in good company as he makes his hard bop way through “Don’t Blame Me,” Dizzy Gillespie’s “Con Alma” and the like, with sinewy support by pianist Mulgrew Miller and bassist Charnett Moffett. The final cut is a ringer, “Loose,” with Roney backed only by drummer Cindy Blackman and percussionist Steve Berrios. Best number is a deceptive “Giant Steps” in which the melody is diligently avoided until the final cooking chorus.


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