This warmly wrought session is a case study in conversational modern jazz. Like the classic neo-bop groups of the 1950s-’60s helmed by Art Blakey, pianist Moroni’s quartet struts with a swinging mainstream gait. And like Ahmad Jamal, Moroni lets the music breathe. In the ambling mid-tempo stroll through Joe Henderson’s “Out of the Night,” each note and space speaks loud and clear. Ably abetted by bassist Ira Coleman and drummer Bill Goodwin, the Italian-bred Moroni burns with an intensity recalling the heated minimalism of Horace Silver.
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