Dan Moretti and Once Through: Stories (2003)
With his new release, Dan Moretti and Once Through have more Stories to tell.
This time around the saxophonist is putting his originals front and center: straight ahead with "Cousin Hal"; hard bopping on the way "Straight to Bed"; then the Wayne Shorter-inspired bossa groove, "The Moment," featuring the honey-sweet vocals of Brazilian songstress, Marcelle Berger; and three ephemeral John Coltrane flavored dream songs, "Midnight Call, November Sun; and the CD's only non-original, The Beatles' "And I Love Her."
The band's take on the Fab Four tune is oddly gorgeous. A simple love song at heart, Moretti and crew turn it into a mystical listening experiece during their partial disassembly of the melody. Breathtaking!
This Moretti-led Once Through is a great band, one of those outfits that seems a convergence of musical personalities coalescing into a superior entity, creating a set brimming with depth and beauty.
Track Listing: Cousin Hal, The Moment, Pelican Blues, Midnight's Call, Straight to Bed, Marian's Room, November Sun, And I Love Her, Crescent Walk, San Giorgio, Club 43, Jamji
Personnel: Dan Moretti, saxes; Tim Ray, keyboards; Bruce Bartlett, guitar; Marty Ballou, bass; Marty Richards, drums
Record Label: Whaling City Sound