136

Charnett Moffett: Planet Home

Franz A. Matzner By

Sign in to view read count
Released in 1995, Charnett Moffett's Planet Home represents a tremendous musical accomplishment. Coming from a successful musical family, Moffett has been playing the bass since early childhood, and he has been recognized on the scene for quite some time as a master of the instrument. What Moffett had yet to do prior to Planet Home was delineate just what he was going to do with all the technique and experience he'd accumulated at such a young age. Evidently, he intends to create.

With the assistance of Geoff Keezer on piano/synthesizer and Victor Lewis on drums, Moffett creates not only individually moving compositions, but a total work of poise and clarity. This is musicianship at its finest: devoid of genre constraints, fluid, innovative, and dedicated to that finest of all artistic traits, free expression. Moffett's compositions range from the solemn solo opening track "Aura" to the harder, fusion-funk oriented "Peace within the Struggle" to the almost classically expressionistic piece "Free Your Mind." Moffett ends the album with a tremendous and bold interpretation of "The Star Spangled Banner," the only track on Planet Home he did not compose.

Quoted in the liner notes, Moffett explains, "I know I can play the bass. Now I just want to concentrate on making strong musical statements, not just as a soloist but as a conceptualist as well." Certainly, with Planet Home Moffett demonstrates his mastery of technique, but he also attains his own aspirations, proving himself a composer capable of a cohesive, challenging, and deeply stirring musical statement.

For the listener totally unaware of Moffett's work, this album will definitely surprise and enchant, but for those already familiar with either his previous work or his later live performance, this recording deserves close scrutiny.

Track Listing: Aura; Brothers & Sisters; Planet Home; Peace Within the Struggle; The Jam; Free Your Mind; Parade; Touch Tone; Last Run; Star Spangled Banner.

Personnel: Charnett Moffett: acoustic, fretless and piccolo basses; Geoff Keezer: piano, synthesizer; Victor Lewis: drums.

Title: Planet Home | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Evidence Music

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Album Reviews
Multiple Reviews
Album Reviews
Interviews
Album Reviews
Interviews
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Music From Our Soul

Music From Our Soul

Motéma Music
2017

buy
The Bridge

The Bridge

Motéma Music
2013

buy
 

The Bridge - Solo...

Evidence Music, Inc.
2013

buy
Spirit Of Sound

Spirit Of Sound

Motéma Music
2013

buy
The Art of Improvisation

The Art of...

Motéma Music
2010

buy
Treasure

Treasure

Motéma Music
2010

buy

Related Articles

Read Time Gone Out Album Reviews
Time Gone Out
By Troy Dostert
July 24, 2019
Read First Nature Album Reviews
First Nature
By Mark Corroto
July 24, 2019
Read Leap of Faith Album Reviews
Leap of Faith
By Friedrich Kunzmann
July 24, 2019
Read Crepuscule In Nickelsdorf  Album Reviews
Crepuscule In Nickelsdorf 
By Glenn Astarita
July 24, 2019
Read Czech Wishes Album Reviews
Czech Wishes
By Troy Dostert
July 23, 2019
Read More Arriving Album Reviews
More Arriving
By Gareth Thompson
July 23, 2019
Read Wschod Album Reviews
Wschod
By Don Phipps
July 23, 2019