Dan Moretti – Tres Muse

Dan Moretti
Tres Muse
Foundation Jazz – 2009

Veteran tenor-saxophonist Dan Moretti has released Tres Muse, a stirring set of trio performances embodies his hardest-swinging set yet. Teamed with electric bassist Marty Ballou and drummer Marty Richards, Moretti excels in a pianoless instrumental setting reminiscent of Sonny Rollins’, A Night At The Village Vanguard, Volumes 1&2, but with his own musical personality and approach.

Dan Moretti, who is featured exclusively on tenor throughout Tres Muse, has long had a diverse and versatile career. A master of the saxophone, Moretti has performed along the way with such notables as: Aretha Franklin, Mike Stern, Dave Samuels, Dave Liebman, Marvin Stamm, the Crusaders, and Nile Rogers and Chic. While Moretti has named Rollins, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Earl Bostic, Stanley Turrentine, Lenny Pickett, Michael Brecker and Jerry Bergonzi among his influences, he developed an original and personal sound early in his career.

In addition to playing in the United States, he has performed in Europe and Russia and as far away as India. The saxophonist has led 12 previous CDs, including the 2009 release Foundations, which he co-led with trumpeter Curt Ramm and pianist Bill Cunliffe. Beyond his performance career, Moretti is a published professor at The Berklee College of Music in Boston, and a 2009 MacColl Johnson fellow.

Bassist Marty Ballou and drummer Marty Richards form one of the tightest, most versatile rhythm sections in the northeast. Both have been in great demand during the past 20 years. Ballou’s many associations include The Ritz, John Hammond, and Roomful Of Blues, while Richards has worked with a diverse group of artists ranging from jazz musicians Gary Burton and Rebecca Parris, to rockers Peter Wolf and the J. Geils Band. Both Ballou and Richards have recorded and performed with Duke Robillard, Jimmy Witherspoon and Jay McShann, among many others.