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Album Review

Charnett Moffett: New Love

Read "New Love" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


If one thing is obvious from this CD, it is that electric bassist Charnett Moffett is a happy man these days. His playing leaps out of the speakers on these tracks with joy and high spirits. That may be because he works here in the company of his “new love," his wife, guitarist Jana Herzen. The two of them bounce, dance and wiggle their instruments together on twelve wide-ranging tracks which take in funk, reggae, folk, and psychedelia, always exuding ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Past Grapplin'

Read "Past Grapplin'" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Since the seventies, it's arguable that most jazz musicians work in “old" idioms (even if they mix and match them in new ways), but this episode's artists each take on aspects of jazz's past that seem, well, more past than most. Sometimes the commitment to the older idiom is complete, sometimes it comes and goes, but either way the results are fascinating. Playlist Discussion of Scott Hamilton's album After Hours (Concord) 1:45 Discussion of Evan Arntzen' ...

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Album Review

Charnett Moffett: Music From Our Soul

Read "Music From Our Soul" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Bassist Charnett Moffett is one of those figures that we tend to take for granted, mostly because it seems like he's simply always been here. The once-upon-a-time child prodigy has been omnipresent on the scene since the mid '80s, holding down the low end for jazz's elite while bringing strength, consistency, and creativity to the fore through his bass work. A short list of Moffett's employers and colleagues reads like a jazz history lesson--saxophonists Ornette Coleman and Kenny Garrett, drummers ...

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Album Review

Charnett Moffett: Spirit Of Sound

Read "Spirit Of Sound" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Bassist Charnett Moffett's first two releases on the Motéma imprint came out two years apart; his third and fourth releases for the same label--The Bridge: Solo Bass Works (Motéma Music, 2013) and the outing under discussion here--arrive a mere three months apart. His working pace has clearly quickened, but the quality of the music hasn't suffered for it. Both The Bridge: Solo Bass Works and Spirit Of Sound present an artist, interpreter, composer and conceptualist in his prime.

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Multiple Reviews

Alone Together: Charnett Moffett and Marc Cary on Motéma

Read "Alone Together: Charnett Moffett and Marc Cary on Motéma" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Motéma Music has a tremendous amount of material coming through the pipeline as the imprint celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2013. Drummer Jaimeo Brown's forward-thinking debut, vibraphonist Joe Locke's take on the mellow and bluesy, vocalist Rondi Charleston's most mature outing to date, and a trio release from pianist Eldar Djangirov are all hitting shelves around the same time, contributing to this unofficial celebration. Each one of those albums--and artists--has different merits that separate them from one another, but they ...

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Album Review

Charnett Moffett: The Bridge

Read "The Bridge" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner


The sound of Charnett Moffett's bass resonates almost instantly straight to the depths of the soul. Over his career, Moffett has played in a tremendous variety of settings and explored seemingly every avenue, alley, and obscure landscape of both the upright and electric bass. Now with his first solo bass CD, The Bridge, audiences can experience Moffett's artisanship in its most concentrated form.Comprised of 20 pieces, The Bridge covers a lot of territory, acting as a portrait of ...

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Album Review

Charnett Moffett: Treasure

Read "Treasure" reviewed by John Barron


Treasure is the eleventh solo release for veteran bassist Charnett Moffett. Much like his previous efforts, the focus here is on the New York native's jaw-dropping technique on both upright and electric fretless bass. Mixed in with the traditional jazz instrumentation of bass, piano, guitar and drums, Moffett utilizes the more unconventional sounds of tablas, tamboura and sitar to enhance this all-original set of eclectic, swinging music. Although Moffett's performance throughout the disc will undoubtedly make bass players ...


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