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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 musical variety under the ever widening jazz umbrella. They succeed with a play list of standards, originals and jazz compositions. Catch the ear is the operative phrase. This is not background music nor can one reap the benefits of what they are doing without paying close attention. First, there are the charts which promote improvisation and spontaneity. Second there's the work of the soloists, especially the modern tenor of Moretti who is as daring as a trapeze performer. He can be appropriately pensive and impressionistic on such cuts as Monk's "Ruby My Dear" and dissonant with technique that takes away one's breath on Hank Mobley's "Tenor Conclave". Following an elaborate introduction, Moretti picks up his flute which gently flutters over Marty Ballou's bass and percussive insertions by Marty Richards on the classic "Tenderly". The lead off track, "Ain't No Sunshine", with Moretti's sax taking on a soul demeanor sit a top Bartlett's electric chords and is a perfect lead in to almost an hour of energetic, well constructed jazz that has both character and substance. Recommended.
Track Listing: Ain't No Sunshine; Tenderly; Bag's Groove; Bostic; Ruby My Dear; Tenor Conclave; Rhythm a Ning; Ascendant; Walkin
Personnel: Dan Moretti - Tenor & Soprano Sax/Flute; Marty Ballou - Bass; Marty Richards - Drums; Bruce Bartlett - Guitar
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