Artist: Dan Moretti     Album: INVOKE     Label: Dodicilune     Code: ED397



  • Dan Moretti

  • 31 May 2018

  • ED397

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Press Release

Produced by Dodicilune and distributed in Italy and abroad by Ird and in the best online stores by Believe Digital, "Invoke" is the new recording project by Dan Moretti. In the twelve original compositions, the american saxophonist, flautist, composer and producer is flanked by Mark Shilansky (piano), Jesse Williams (bass), Steve Langone (drums), Bengisu Gokce (violin), Dan Lay (viola) and Marta Roma ( cello). 

“This recording was intended to be melodic in nature with shorter solos than a typical jazz recording. The addition of live strings as an integral part of 5 of the songs was a musical desire of mine for many years. To "Invoke" call on (a deity or spirit) in prayer, as a witness, or for inspiration. This is what I always hope for, the opportunity to let go to the power of spirit to take me to the deeper place in life where there are no boundaries”, write Dan Moretti.

Dan Moretti is an American saxophonist, composer and producer with an eclectic musical career of over 30 years gaining him international awards and recognition.  His broad pallet of styles has afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with musicians across the cultures of Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, Israel and Turkey.  Dan has 17 original recordings published with a new release "Invoke" coming in April 2018 on the Dodicilune Label. Dan started playing tenor sax and clarinet at the age of 12 and the following year was included in the all-state Rhode Island Youth Stage Band where he played Tenor sax at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1966.  In 1985, his first jazz recording "Sometime Inside" was released internationally on Black Hawk records. Followed was a string of 15 recordings which can all be seen on  Dan has toured throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and Russia, and has traveled as far east as India performing and presenting clinics and seminars. His musical influences range from jazz and classical to funk and Latin jazz. Since the late 70s, he has performed or recorded with artists across the spectrum including: Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Mike Stern, Dave Samuels, Dave Liebman, Marvin Stamm, Dr. John, and The Crusaders. He approaches jazz from a multi-styled stand point. Dan is a full time Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been on the faculty since 1996.  He was given the schools Curriculum Development Award in 2006 for his popular on-campus course "Groove Writing".  Dan is also on the faculty of - Berklee's distance learning school where he teaches an online version of this course called "Arranging Contemporary Styles" to students all over the world. In 2008, his book "Producing and Mixing Contemporary Jazz" was released on Hal Leonard-Berklee Press.  In 2008 he co-authored “Essential Grooves” which is required at Berklee for CWP majors.  In 2009 Dan was awarded the prestigious MacColl-Johnson fellowship for jazz composers, which enabled him to write and produce a project with an Italian traditional orchestra called Piccola Orchestra La Viola (POLV), bringing together his musical and Italian roots. From 2002 until the present, Dan has been active internationally and the states performing with artists like Nile Rodgers and Chic and performing his own music and presenting seminars in Italy, Turkey, England, Belguim, Holland, France, and Switzerland. A highlight was in the summer of 2006 he also had the opportunity to perform in the house band at the 40th anniversary of The Montreux Jazz Festival tribute to Atlantic records with Nile Rodgers, which included Dan writing charts and backing up, Robert Plant, Stevie Nicks, Chaka Khan, Kid Rock, George Duke, Solomon Burke, and Steve Winwood.
Other recent international appearances: In 2009 to the present Dan traveled to Quito-Ecuador, China, Kenya-Africa, Italy, England, Amsterdam, Belgium, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Gibraltar where in June, 2012 and October 2013 he headlined the Gibraltar International Jazz Festival and Jazz Workshops.  In 2011 with the culmination of 2 years work and the MacColl- Johnson Jazz composers fellowship Dodicilune Records released the CD Dan Moretti and The Piccola Orchestra La Viola which was released in Italy and throughout Europe. Also in the summer of 2011 was filled with concerts in Italy and a special re with Dan's grandfather's birth town in Monticelli De Esperia in Italy. From 2009 the Tres Muse charted #17 CMJ November, and also in 2009 The Foundations CD with Curt Ramm - Trumpet (Bruce Springstein) and Bill Cunliffe - Piano (Grammy Winner) charted #22 CMJ. In 2014 the CD “Dan Moretti and the Hammond Boys” was released and charted the top 20 nationally on CMJ radio. From 2015 to 2017 he toured the world Asia and Europe with Nile Rogers featured at the Sydney Opera House, Glastonbury festival in the UK and Japan on live television.

Jesse Williams is one of the most respected and sought after bassists on the east coast. With over 25 years experience teaching electric and upright bass and playing internationally at some of the worlds leading venues and festivals, Jesse is known among music enthusiasts as a musician who brings precision and passion to the stage.  Festivals and Venues include: North Sea Jazz, Edmonton Folk, Montreal Jazz, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage, Vancouver Jazz, Byron Bay, Russian River, Boston Globe Jazz and Blues, Preakness, Beantown, Lincoln Center. Beacon Theater, Mountain Stage, Beacon Theater, Lincoln Center. He has appeared on PBS, Sesame St., AMC, National Film Archives, as well as multiple commercial spots. Mr. Williams holds a performance from Berklee College of Music.

For the past twenty five years, Steve Langone has been performing in clubs, festivals and recording studios. His versatility has allowed him to work in many different genres of music. Steve Langone currently teaches jazz percussion at the University of Rhode Island. A drummer, composer and educator Langone was born in Waltham, Massachusetts and grew up in neighboring Lexington where he was fortunate to study with jazz legend Alan Dawson. Langone graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1993 and for the past 20 years has performed throughout the Americas and Europe. His versatility has allowed him to work with many different artists—from straight ahead jazz vocalists Shawnn Moneiro to Latin/Jazz fusion groups such as Enclave and the Jinga Trio, to country singer John Carter Cash to comedians Joe Piscopo and Joan Rivers. He has also recorded soundtracks for National Geographic, Sesame Street and the Miramax film Next Stop Wonderland on the Verve label. His sound can be found on over 50 recordings as a sideman, some include: Nando Michelin (Double-Time Records), Jinga Trio (Fresh Sounds New Talent Recordings), Enclave.

Mark Shilansky serves as an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music, where he has taught since 1997, teaching Ear Training, Arranging, Harmony, and Ensembles.  He also has taught Jazz Piano and Ensembles at the University of New Hampshire, since 2002, and from 2009 to 2011 taught these subjects at University of Southern Maine. In addition to these institutions, his compositions and arrangements have been performed at the University of Wyoming, Bowling Green University, and All-State Festivals in Nevada, Maine, and New Hampshire, and he has taught clinics and residencies at the above-named All-State festivals, as well as Duquesne University, Fort Hays State University, University of Idaho at Moscow, and Eastern Tennesee State University. All throughout this creative career as a pianist and composer of his own material, Mark has been a consistent presence as a sideman.  A tenure throughout much of the 90's as a member of the Luciana Souza quintet led to his almost ubiquitous presence as an accompanist of vocalists, such as Lisa Thorson, The New York Voices, Kris Adams, Carolyn Leonhart, Rebecca Parris, and Patrice Williamson (for whom he has written copious arrangements, and produced her CD, Free to Dream). Mark plays piano and contributed an original composition "All in My Heart," to NYvoices soprano Kim Nazarian's debut solo CD, "Some Morning."  He played piano and contributed arrangements and an original song, "I have found", on the debut release by rising star vocalist Robin McKelle, Never Let Me Go.  Mark is a strong presence on vocalist Chris Humphrey's debut CD "Nothin' But Blue Skies," featuring Martin Wind (bass) and Matt Wilson (drums), and for the last four years has been the pianist and occasional arranger for the vocal jazz group Syncopation, appearing on the band's CDs and accompanying them on tours of the US and Japan.  

Track List

1 - November Sun
2 - The Wisper Within
3 - The Ride
4 - Angel Silver
5 - Hymining
6 - Invoke
7 - Leelander
8 - The Moment
9 - Downpour
10 - Midnight's Call
11 - Ascending
12 - Texas Rose

All compositions by Daniel Moretti (Morean Music BMI)


Dan Moretti - tenor, alto, soprano saxophones, alto flute, piano (12)
Mark Shilansky - piano
Jesse Williams - bass
Steve Langone - drums
Bengisu Gokce - violin
Dan Lay - viola
Marta Roma - cello

Recording Data

Total time 59:08 STEREO DDD
p 2018 DODICILUNE (Italy)
c 2018 DODICILUNE (Italy)

Produced by Gabriele Rampino for Dodiciline edizioni, Italy
Label manager Maurizio Bizzochetti (
Executive Producers Steve Fera and Kathe Jaret for Rootsgrooves Music
Jazz quartet recorded May 2017 at Studio 1 Berklee College of Music Boston, USA, sound engineer Ted Paduck, production assistants Sean Frawley, Aaron Shah, Sarah Ma
Strings recorded May 2017 by Adam Weiss at Mix One Studios, Boston, USA
Mixed September 2017 by Dan Moretti at Rootsgrooves Productions, Wakefield RI, USA
Mastered March 2018 by Toby Mountain at Northeastern Digital Southboro Ma, USA
Cover photo m Florian Blümm  Photos by Bob Kidd

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