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JAZZ REVIEWS : In Brief

** Wallace Roney, “Seth Air,” Muse. Many critics have awarded the late Miles Davis’ mantle to Roney, and the 32-year-old trumpeter, whose playing has until now recalled Clifford Brown as much as Davis, appears to have taken the association to heart. This recording mines Davis’ quintet sound of the ‘60s, much as Wynton Marsalis did on his first recordings. 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. Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good, recommended), four stars (excellent).


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