Passing Place, like Moretti’s earlier recordings, demonstrates tenorist/sopranoist’s stylistic versatility. In an appealing program of his own compositions (plus Wayne Shorter’s “Virgo”), Moretti shows a firm command of post-Coltrane straightahead swing and a feel for quiet introspection as well as the ability to play exciting rock and humorous funk. On several tracks, pianist Paul Nagel switches to the Hammond organ to help create a soul-jazz ambiance. In fact, rock and funk influences abound, with “Ten & 8” featuring rock’s signature distorted guitar sound. And although “Monk’s Walk” honors its namesake with its angular intensity, it also boasts a jaunty New Orleans-style drumbeat.
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