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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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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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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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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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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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Charnett Moffett: The Art of Improvisation

Read "The Art of Improvisation" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Discs that focus on a single instrument are not that uncommon in jazz, but recordings focusing primarily on the bass are quite rare, even for bassists who lead their own bands. Charnett Moffett's The Art of Improvisation joins the rank of such gems as Paul Chambers's Bass on Top (Blue Note, 1957) and, in particular, Ron Carter's Piccolo (Milestone, 1977) because Moffett also plays piccolo bass, an instrument invented by Carter, on three of The Art of ...

INTERVIEW

Charnett Moffett: Improvisational Artistry

Read "Charnett Moffett: Improvisational Artistry" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I enjoy all of the music, just as I enjoy different aspects of color in paintings, or different people, or different types of food, or things of that nature. For me, it seems to be a more interesting way of life to have an appreciation for all that is offered on the planet."

With that simple statement, bassist Charnett Moffett says a lot about his career in music that began as young a child, and was ...


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