Sep 18, 2014
It’s a cold, foggy morning here in New England, and I needed a little hot jazz to warm up. Luckily, I recently got my hands on the latest CD from saxophonist Dan Moretti and his new band, The Hammond Boys. Recorded Live at Chan’s in Rhode Island, it’s one of those CDs that perfectly captures the sizzle of a blues-soaked performance by the Boston based saxophone and flute player.
As the liner notes indicate, fans of the music of Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Smith, and Kenny Burrell will find this collection a spot-on tribute to their brand of music. The Hammond Boys are led by veteran blues guitarist Duke Robillard (Roomful of Blues), ably supported by Jesse Williams on bass, Lorne Entress on drums and a great turn by Dave Limina on the Hammond B-3 organ.
From the opening “Moanin’” through covers of tunes by Gene Ammons, Roland Kirk and Grant Green, this is jazz that makes you want to move your feet and shake your rump. I particularly liked their version of King Curtis’ “Da Du Dah”, which is lifted by Moretti’s twisting and turning solos. This CD is a welcome blast from the past.