Dan Moretti is reviewed by Take Effect with “Tres Libre”

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Dan Moretti


by Tom Haugen



Tres Libre

Roots Grooves, 2021


Listen to Tres Libre

The saxophonist Dan Moretti has enjoyed a multi-decade career where he’s played his very diverse brand of jazz all over the globe. His 20th album(!), Tres Libre brings noisemakers like Cuban baby-bass, congas, and pandeiro, among many others, to help his worldly vision shine.

“Jim Brown’s Cousin” starts the listen with no shortage of energy as funky grooves are cultivated thanks to the alto sax and Marty Richards’ strong drumming alongside Marty Ballou’s bouncy bass, and “Mumbo Jumbo” follows with Moretti’s love of reggae coming through on his tenor sax prowess amid Ray Gennari’s strategic bass work.

In the middle, “Pandeiro-Funk” showcases Bruce Bartlett’s superb electric guitar amid the glowing soprano sax acrobatics and Marcus Santos’ pandeiro, while “The Inner Side” benefits from Michael Farquharson’s fretless bass as sublime melodies unfold with nods to European sounds.

Nearing the end, “When You Leave This World” offers an exciting interpretation of traditional Indian Bhajan that embraces a free jazz approach with much exploration, and “The Missing Breath” finishes the listen with Moretti on 3 tenor saxophones, where a spiritual quality surrounds the harmonies with much beauty as influence from the Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek are appreciated.

Few artists will have a career as lengthy or consistently great as Moretti. Now having released original music in 4 different decades, he brings his vast experience and inestimable talent to another exceptional body of work.

Travels well with: Jack BrandfieldI’ll Never Be The Same; David LarsenThe Mulligan Chronicles

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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