Dan Moretti: Tres Muse (2009)
Other then leading or co-leading numerous sessions over the years, Moretti's experience and wide-ranging vernacular is evident via stints with vocal great Aretha Franklin, The Crusaders, and guitar hero Mike Stern, among other notables. He's a well-versed artist who instills quite a bit of pop and sizzle into the program. With linear theme-building exercises and a continual sense of buoyancy that underscores the agenda, his trio abides by a democratic group-centric methodology.
The trio hops, skips and jumps with snazzy three-way unison lines, while Ballou and Moretti render a consortium of enticing harmonic maneuvers throughout. On the New Orleans-inflected "Mumbo Jumbo," the saxophonist's hearty and soulful lines are enhanced with a stereo processing effect. Nevertheless, the band shrewdly morphs the jazz vibe with a bump and grind mindset, also evidenced on the Caribbean-tinged "Guacamaya," firmed-up by Ballou's thumping patterns and Richards' bustling drum parts.
The band covers a lot of ground while venturing into bop territory on "The Corner," highlighted by the saxophonist's sinewy and weaving phraseology, and solidified by the rhythm section's gusto. They soften the overall tone in spots; hence, a divergent track mix helps sustain interest. A minor beef pertains to the recorded sound which, at times, seems flat, where dynamics don't always resonate. Regardless, Moretti is a gifted improviser who projects an authoritative presence, while reaping optimum support from his superb rhythm section.
Track Listing: Off The One; Cajun the Squirel; Mumbo Jumbo; Fais Do-do; The Whisper; Invoke; Guacamaya; The Corner; Walk The Talk; Ready Set Free; Leelander.
Personnel: Dan Moretti: tenor sax; Marty Ballou: electric bass; Marty Richards: drums.
Record Label: Foundations Jazz Records
Style: Modern Jazz