Wallace Roney's sixth studio album for High Note, 2013's 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. Joining Roney here are saxophonists Arnold Lee and Ben Solomon, pianist Victor Gould, bassist Daryl Johns, and drummer Kush Abadey.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Collar