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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 workingleader 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 love lost.
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.
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me. If we don't run a review, Alligator Records is going to stop servicing us.
Night Flight opened up a whole new world for me--the blues led me, inevitably, to Basie, who led to Duke, who led to Mingus, who led to Miles, who led to ...