Brian Pace recently caught up with jazz bassist Charnett Moffett at New York's Iridium.
courtesy Brian Pace:
"Bassist Charnett Moffett is no stranger in the jazz and R&B world. For almost 30 years the bassist/composer has backed and played with such luminaries like Anita Baker, McCoy Tyner, Melody Gardot, Ornette Coleman, Stanley Jordan, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and Geri Allen.
Charnett has been around music all of his life. His father, the late Charles Moffett. Sr, backed Ornette Coleman. As a child, he developed the Avant-Garde style of playing and composing. His interaction with Coleman allowed him to grow as an innovator in his own right.
At age 16 he recorded and toured with Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and began cutting his teeth as a young and budding musician.
Charnett has come full circle musically in that he's formed the new "Moffett Family Band" in which he started off playing professionally with his dad and brother. Today, the band consists of his wife Angela on Tambra and spoken word, daughter Amareia on vocals and Bass Keyboard, and his son Max on drums. This unit is special in that Charnett brings some world music influences to the mainstream which give music fans a real taste of his composition skills as well as introduces people to the next generation of the Moffett clan.
His latest Motema Music release "Treasure" is where he left off on his last disc "The Art of Improvisation." What Charnett does on this disc is take you on an experimental yet interesting journey from his days as a straight ahead jazz bassist. Although their are some jazz-oriented elements on "Treasure," Moffett takes us on a musical ride which includes rock, funk, classical, world, and spoken word."