Wallace Roney, Following in Miles Davis' Footsteps Wallace Roney holds the distinction of being the only trumpet player the late great Miles Davis personally mentored. But with his latest CD Prototype, Roney proves he's no copycat, and he's unafraid to explore new musical territory.

Wallace Roney, Following in Miles Davis' Footsteps

Wallace Roney, Following in Miles Davis' Footsteps

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Detail from cover of Wallace Roney's latest CD, Prototype (HighNote Records, 2004) hide caption

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From 'Prototype'

Hear samples from Roney's latest CD:

'Cyberspace'

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'Three Views of the Blues'

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'Secret Identity'

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Miles Davis just might be one of the most revered and most imitated jazz musicians ever. But Wallace Roney hold the distinction of being the only trumpet player Davis ever personally mentored.

Evidence of that royal jazz legacy is hard to miss on Roney's latest CD, Prototype. In a conversation with The Tavis Smiley Show producer Roy Hurst, Roney acknowledges his great debt to Miles Davis -- but says he resents being written off as a copycat.