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Composer/arranger Martin Moretto is a member of the legendary Argentine Progressive Tango group and happens to be one of New York's most active Argentinean guitarists, delivering one of the finest self-titled debuts with the his Martin Moretto Quintet. Exploring uncommon territory, the music showcases eight modern jazz compositions containing elements of the Argentine influence. Featuring New York tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry and renowned sideman Phil Markowitz on piano, the ensemble performs brightly, forming a cohesive unit worthy of a world-class designation.
The light and laidback "Uritorco" kicks-starts the music with a McHenry/Moretto sax and guitar chase, leading to a superb solo with nice crashing cymbal accents supplied by drummer Vanderlei Pereira. The intricate "Imagenes" proves to be one of the more challenging charts; loosely structured, it does provide Moretto with plenty of solo space during its ten-plus minutes. The sizzling, samba-tinged "Iguazo" is one of the album's most vibrant up-tempo pieces, touched by a rich and creamy tenor salvo from McHenry, but it's Moretto and Pereira who provide the flavor.
Bassist Santi Debriano makes his presence known with a heavy bowed solo on the dark-toned and mysterious "Otono Y Quebracho," the guitarist's crisp, acoustic finger-picking style coming to the fore. Lending a bit of swing and lively texture to the set, "Golden Eyes" showcases Moretto and McHenry once again, this time joined by some of Markowitz's best piano lines. While the session ends on a lovely ballad, "Nocturno," the defining piece of the set has to be the delicious, Brazilian-styled "El Rey Del Bosque," featuring outstanding solos from practically everyone in the band.
Establishing himself as one of the most gifted young guitarists to arrive recently on the world's jazz stage, Martin Moretto Quintet offers a unique perspective on world and Latin flavors, with a solid session of appealing modern jazz.
Track Listing: Uritorco; Imagenes; Iguazo; Penumbras; Otono y Quebracho; Golden Eyes; El Rey Del Bosque; Nocturno.
Personnel: Martin Moretto: guitar; Bill McHenry: tenor saxophone; Phil Markowitz: piano; Santi Debriano: bass; Vanderlei Pereira: drums.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com