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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Charnett Moffett: The Art of Improvisation

Read "The Art of Improvisation" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

A fascinating recording, The Art of Improvisation is as mysterious as it is a showcase for the formidable bass playing skills of its leader Charnett Moffett; his playing on electric and acoustic basses has a grounded, vocal quality--he always seems to be singing through his instruments.

Even when he is playing a fusillade of notes (and Moffett does have fleet fingers), the feel of various folk musics (Asian, Middle Eastern, African, even Celtic) are invoked, as heard through both parts ...

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Charnett Moffett: Internet

Read "Internet" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Every now and then a bassist emerges as a front man and the instrument takes a whole new personality. Such is the case on Internet, where Charnett Moffett wrote every tune but one, an effects-laden take on “The Star Spangled Banner" obviously inspired by Jimi Hendrix. Moffett uses acoustic, electric, fretless and piccolo basses (often more than one at a time) and explores the limits as he goes along. Listen to the playfulness of “Icon Blues," a ...

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Charnett Moffett: For the Love of Peace

Read "For the Love of Peace" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Bassist extraordinaire Charnett Moffett has mined all his musical and familial influences in his latest release, For the Love of Peace, which enjoyed an official and successful CD release event at Jazz Standard a few months back. Joining him on the disc is the Moffett Family Band featuring brothers Codaryl Cody Moffett (drums/percussion) and Mondre Moffett (trumpet/ fluegelhorn), sister Charisse (vocals) and wife Angela (spoken word). Pianist Scott Brown plays on most tracks sharing the duties with J.S. (presumably executive ...

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Charnett Moffett: For The Love Of Peace

Read "For The Love Of Peace" reviewed by Jim Santella

Charnett Moffett inspires his audience and praises the Lord on this spiritual jazz message. Blending Far Eastern music with the kind of gospel message that we've all grown to know and to love, the bassist and his close-knit band “preach" to the world in a universal language.

Charisse Moffett, his sister, adds uplifting, wordless vocals, as Mondre, his brother, reminds us of what is at the core of jazz. The pianist for “The Shepherd," identified as J.S., gives ...

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Conversation with Charnett Moffett

Read "Conversation with Charnett Moffett" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Charnett Moffett is an extraordinary bassist. Some might say this is no surprise. After all, not only is he the son of percussionist Charles Moffett, but he also received musical training from an entire family of musicians, all of whom played together in the Moffett family band since Charnett was barely able to walk. He had already studied the drums and the trumpet before turning to the bass. He must have made this transition sometime before reaching the age of ...


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