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Dan Moretti: Tres Muse

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Northeast area saxophonist and Berklee School of Music educator Dan Moretti embarks on the piano-less jazz trio route, hearkening back to the impetus set forth by Sonny Rollins' 1957 Riverside classic, Way Out West. Since then, this framework has gained steam with modern jazz reedmen, sometimes leading to mixed results. Yet Marty Ballou's corpulent and limber electric bass lines generate a fertile bottom to complement drummer Marty Richards' polyrhythmic attack. The trio sports a broad and fluent sound, sparked by Moretti's integration of various stylistic and genre-crossing factors.

Other then leading or co-leading numerous sessions over the years, ...

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Dan Moretti and Once Through: Passing Place

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When I first heard saxophonist/bandleader Dan Moretti's Once Through, I loved the sound and proclaimed it “a wonderful debut." Moretti promptly wrote me (isn't email a great thing) to say that the release was his ninth as a leader. He was polite but insistent that I fix the published review. I complied, explaining that the sound on the disc seemed so fresh that I assumed the effort was from a very talented artist who was new to the scene.Passing Through is Dan Moretti's eleventh disc as a leader, his third with the band that claims the title “Once ...

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Dan Moretti and Once Through: Stories

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Jazz educator and all-around musician Dan Moretti adds to his considerable and impressive resume with a new recording from his band Once Through. Stories is Moretti’s outing from academia, giving ample proof that he can walk the walk as well as talk the talk. Leading a guitar- keyboards quintet, Mr. Moretti spins out 21st century grooves one after another, highlighting his superb keyboards/guitar duos with Tim Ray and Bruce Bartlett, respectively.

For Moretti’s part his playing comes from a controlled Coltrane tradition, taking off on flights of fancy and probing note searches, but it's still within the confines ...

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Dan Moretti and Once Through: Stories

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Saxophonist Dan Moretti should be better known. He should have a profile on the level of a Chris Potter or an Eric Alexander. But underappreciation is a frequent way of life in jazz. And if Moretti isn't as well known as he should be, he just keeps working--leader or co-leader on ten CDs to date, including last year's marvelous Once Through, a bunch of distinctive covers (with one Moretti original) of Monk and Milt Jackson and other classics. His stark and definitive take on Bill Withers' R&B hit, "Ain't No Sunshine" told a sad, weary, lonely story of heartache and ...

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Dave Liebman / Don Braden / Dan Moretti: Latin Genesis

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Latin Genesis, Dave Liebman writes in the liner notes, marks the thirtieth anniversary of a groundbreaking session in which he took part with drummer Elvin Jones, bassist Gene Perla and saxophonists Joe Farrell and Frank Foster. This time around, the front line consists of Liebman, Don Braden and Dan Moretti, all doubling on soprano and tenor sax, with bassist Oscar Stagnaro replacing Perla and three others (drummer Mark Walker, percussionists Pernell Saturnino and Jorge Najaro) supplying the group’s rhythmic backbone in lieu of Jones. Rhythmic it is, with an abundance of energy to boot, but as a consistently pleasing musical ...

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Don Braden/Dave Liebman/Dan Moretti: Latin Genesis

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Latin Genesis commemorates veteran saxophonist Dave Liebman's first recording as a young man with Elvin Jones. This event took place in 1971 and resulted in an album called, what else, Genesis. Like the 1971 release, there are three saxophonists present. Joining with Liebman is another expert saxophonist Don Braden and relative newcomer Dan Moretti plus a high-powered rhythm section, minus piano (the same as in 1971). Liebman and friends reconstruct the 1971 session, adding a Latin coloring. Some of the tunes on the original play list are revisited here, including “Three Card Molly", “P P Phoenix", “For all the Other ...

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Don Braden/Dave Liebman/Dan Moretti: Latin Genesis

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Latin Genesis commemorates veteran saxophonist Dave Liebman's first recording as a young man with Elvin Jones. This event took place in 1971 and resulted in an album called, what else, Genesis. Like the 1971 release, there are three saxophonists present. Joining with Liebman is another expert saxophonist Don Braden and relative newcomer Dan Moretti plus a high-powered rhythm section, minus piano (the same as in 1971). Liebman and friends reconstruct the 1971 session, adding a Latin coloring. Some of the tunes on the original play list are revisited here, including “Three Card Molly", “P P Phoenix", “For all the Other ...

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Dan Moretti/Marty Ballou/Marty Richards/Bruce Bartlett: Once Through

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Like many of today's young artists, the performers on this album carry with them experience from playing in groups outside of jazz. You hear the influence of rock, pop, soul and R&B. Jazz purists might that this infects jazz with unwelcome and unneeded influences. The fact is that to survive, jazz needs to attract new listeners from each succeeding generation. Albums like this hopefully will draw in some of those who otherwise might not listen to jazz.

Tenor sax man and flutist Dan Moretti, bassist Marty Ballou, Marty Richards on drums and Bruce Bartlett on guitar work diligently to provide ...



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