Press Release - January 6 2006
Ever since he made
his recording debut at the remarkably young age of seven, Charńett Moffett has
been one of the top bassists in the world. Part of a musical family headed by
his father the late drummer Charles Moffett and including several siblings,
Moffett has had significant associations with Wynton Marsalis, Art Blakey, Tony
Williams, Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Sharrock, Ornette Coleman (with whom he played
for nine years) and most recently McCoy Tyner.
Moffett's ninth release as a leader, displays not only his brilliant virtuosity
on the acoustic bass, piccolo bass, fretless electric bass and bass guitar but
his continued growth as a composer. Featured along with Moffett are keyboardist
Stephen Scott, drummers Eric McPherson and Armit Shamir, guest pianists Scott
Brown and J.S., two appearances by soprano-saxophonist Aaron Spencer and the
voice of Maria Sartori-Spencer on "Jubilant."
consists of 16 of Charńett Moffett's varied originals plus his very personal
version of "The Star Spangled Banner." The bassist explains the idea behind the
collection. "When you log onto the Internet, there are a countless number of
different places where you can visit around the world. I like so many different
kinds of music that I wanted the possibilities to be as endless on this release
as is offered on the Internet. This is a jazz album but it is very open to other
influences. No matter where you are in the world, there is one sky. That is the
concept of this album, connecting people and music from all over the world
together, like the Internet."
track," "G.E.M.," is dedicated to the classic John Coltrane Quartet rhythm
section of Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner. Moffett's powerful and
authoritative bass playing is dominant throughout with support from Scott and
McPherson, paying tribute to both the famous rhythm section and Moffett's long
association with Tyner. "'Icon Blues' shows my Ray Brown influence plus who I am
today within the conception of the blues." It features Moffett swinging up a
storm in a performance that would have made Brown smile.
(Pray To Love)" is a danceable, catchy and playful piece that features Moffett's
bass ensemble on three respective instruments including piccolo, acoustic and
fretless electric basses. The bassist cites
"Kings And Queens" as a strong example of his writing, and the original chord
changes clearly challenge the trio with Scott and Moffett taking particularly
creative solos. The unaccompanied bass solo, "Coral," an extension of "Kings And
Queens," is a bit reminiscent of classical music and has a very precise theme
that Moffett plays flawlessly.
"Free Raga," which
lives up to its name, is an especially intriguing performance. Moffett's piccolo
bass sounds a bit like a sitar while interacting with drummer Amit Shamir.
"'Jubilant' gave me a chance to demonstrate my electric bass chops, influenced
by the fusion style of bass playing from the era in which I grew up."
"Jubilant," which has the flavor of both fusion and Indian music, includes
contributions from Shamir, the haunting voice of Maria Sartori-Spencer, Aaron
Spencer's soprano and pianist J.S.
The trio with Stephen Scott and Eric McPherson returns for the atmospheric "Rain
Drops," the up-tempo romp "Triumph" and "Mr. O.C." which is dedicated to Ornette
Coleman. "'Mr. O.C.' is free and Ornettish, showing the influence of the
harmolodic system." "Wishful Thinking," which also pays tribute to Coleman along
with Charles Mingus, has some fascinating free playing by the trio. "'Happy
Dream' gave me a chance to stretch out, taking the bass out of its normal
function." Moffett's remarkable and highly expressive playing on "Happy Dream"
by itself could be conclusive evidence that he is one of the greats on his
instrument, and the same can be said for his driving and purposeful solo on
features Moffett's piccolo bass along with a strong and infectious melody. The
philosophical "Enjoy Your Life" has a vocal by Moffett sung in unison with his
bass. "The Star Spangled Banner" showcases Moffett's bowing joined by unusual
effects. The final "RAS," a joyful and rockish piece "is about being an artist,
taking chances and going by your own philosophy without worrying about what
someone else thinks you should be doing."
Moffett emphasizes, “The
instrument I play affects my music, so the group sound in this recording is not
typical.” He continues,” As a person, I am a musician, and I live my music
everyday of my life. Life and music both come from the spirit.” Internet,
one of Charńett Moffett's strongest recordings to date, is an important step
forward in the evolution of the imposing bassist-composer who has successfully
carved out his own original musical identity.