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Dan Moretti: That’s Right

Veteran sax sideman and musical instructor Dan Moretti offers more technical clinic than affecting artistry on That’s Right (1201 Music 5010-2; 47:40). This may have more to do with Moretti’s backing band than his play, however. Moretti himself turns in some soulful spirals on “Good Lookin’ Out,” easy-piping soprano on “Deb” and lightly swinging tenor on “Cynthia,” but these moments are often deflated by unsupportive background elements. For example, the slap-and-tingle backdrop of keyboards and programmed percussion on “Nights of Waiting” is downright cold compared to Moretti’s lead. Likewise, “Los Gatos Hills” is funky, but not as free as it ought to be, with swoops up and down the flute that register as technical, but not emotional. They’re on to something with “Crusade,” which turns a lightly funky corner, and the ’70s-type pop confection of the previously referenced “Good Lookin’ Out,” but the overriding effect of much of the album is of serviceable but unaffecting background music.

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