NEW RELEASES : In Brief

* * 1/2 Wallace Roney, "Seth Air," Muse. Many critics have awarded the late Miles Davis' mantle to Roney, and the 32-year-old trumpeter, appears to have taken the association to heart. Though Roney's assured attack and phrasing build beautifully on Davis' lyrical legacy, the material--especially those tunes by saxophonist-brother Antoine Roney (whose playing, fittingly enough, shadows Wayne Shorter)--tends to ape, rather than extend, Davis' quintet sound of the '60s.

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