ⓘ Understanding (Wallace Roney album)

                                     

ⓘ Understanding (Wallace Roney album)

Allmusics Matt Collar said Understanding, is an expansive, often swinging work that finds the trumpeter digging even deeper into the straight-ahead if no less adventurous sound of his recent releases. These are bluesy, harmonically layered modal songs that bring to mind such touchstones as 70s Woody Shaw and late-60s Miles Davis". Financial Times reviewer, Mike Hobart, stated "The ex-Miles Davis understudy confirms he is now something of an elder statesman with this sextet recording featuring young unknowns who are full of promise". In JazzTimes, Michael J. West noted "Roney was a dyed-in-the-wool Young Lion. Understanding, a sextet session and his first all-acoustic album in over a decade, places him back in that context, with mostly wondrous results. Technical virtuosity, dense harmony and zealous swing abound. At its best, melody abounds too".

                                     

1. Track listing

  • "Search for Peace" McCoy Tyner – 8:07
  • "Gaslight" Pearson – 6:51
  • "Understanding" Roy Brooks – 6:56
  • "Red Lantern" Arnold Lee – 7:43
  • "Combustible" Wallace Roney – 8:21
  • "Is That So?" Duke Pearson – 5:47
  • "Kotra" Ben Solomon – 7:08 Amazon
  • "You Taught My Heart to Sing" Tyner – 8:01
                                     

2. Personnel

  • Daryl Johns – bass
  • Arnold Lee – alto saxophone tracks 2-7
  • Ben Solomon – tenor saxophone tracks 1, 2 & 4-8
  • Victor Gould tracks 2, 3 & 5-8, Eden Ladin tracks 1 & 4 – piano
  • Wallace Roney – trumpet
  • Kush Abadey – drums