|Birth name Charnett Moffett|
Occupation(s) Bassist, Composer.
Parents Charles Moffett
|Years active 1983–present|
Name Charnett Moffett
|Born June 10, 1967 (age 48) (1967-06-10) |
Origin New York, New York, USA
Genres Jazz, Post-bop,World Music.
Labels Blue Note, Manhattan, Evidence, Piadrum, Motema Music
Albums Net Man, Nettwork, Meet the Magical Trio
Education Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, Juilliard School
Similar People Stanley Jordan, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Charles Moffett, Casimir Liberski, Kenny Garrett
Music group Manhattan Jazz Quintet
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Charnett Moffett (born June 10, 1967) is an American jazz musician and composer known as an innovator and virtuoso who plays piccolo bass, double bass, and bass guitar. He currently leads his band Nettwork.
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- Early life and career
- 2008 to present
- As leader
- As sideman
Moffett started playing bass in the family band, touring the Far East in 1975 at the age of eight. In the mid-1980s he played with Wynton Marsalis and Branford Marsalis. In 1987 he recorded his debut album Netman for Blue Note Records. He has performed and recorded with Alex Bugnon, Art Blakey, Arturo Sandoval, Babatunde Lea, Courtney Pine, David Sanborn, David Sánchez, Dianne Reeves, Dizzy Gillespie, Ellis Marsalis, Frank Lowe, Harry Connick, Jr., Herbie Hancock, Jana Herzen, Joe Henderson, Kenny Garrett, Kenny Kirkland, Kevin Eubanks, Lew Soloff, Manhattan Jazz Quintet, McCoy Tyner, Melody Gardot, Mulgrew Miller, Ornette Coleman, Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Sharrock, Stanley Jordan, and Wallace Roney.
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Early life and career
Charnett Moffett attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City and later studied at Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard School of Music. In 1983, he played on saxophonist Branford Marsalis' debut as a leader, Scenes in the City, and the following year he joined trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’ quintet, appearing on 1985's acclaimed Black Codes (From the Underground). During the 1980s, Moffett also worked with Stanley Jordan, appearing on the innovative guitarist's best-selling 1985 Blue Note debut, Magic Touch, as well as two Blue Note albums with drummer Tony Williams’ quintet: 1987's Civilization and 1988's Angel Street. In 1987, Moffett signed with Blue Note Records and debuted as a leader that year with his first of three albums for Blue Note, Beauty Within, which featured his father Charles Moffett on drums, older brothers Codaryl Moffett on drums and Mondre Moffett on trumpet, Kenny Garrett on alto saxophone, and Stanley Jordan on guitar.
In 1993, Charnett Moffett recorded Rhythm & Blood for Sweet Basil's Apollon Records. A mix of jazz and pop, it placed high on the music charts in Japan. He later scored artistic triumphs on the Evidence label with 1994's Planet Home (featuring his electronically enhanced rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" in tribute to Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock showstopper) and 1997's Still Life, featuring keyboardist Rachel Z and drummer Cindy Blackman. In 1996, Moffett appeared on two simultaneous releases by Ornette Coleman — Sound Museum: Hidden Man and Sound Museum: Three Women. Another 1997 recording, Acoustic Trio for Teichiku Records, showcased Moffett's acoustic bass playing. Three other '90s recordings for the Sweet Basil/Evidence label were done under the collective name of General Music Project (with saxophonist Kenny Garrett, pianists Geri Allen and Cyrus Chestnut, drummer Charles Moffett Sr, his father, known for his famous work with Ornette Coleman. Another recording from 1995, Moffett & Sons, is a collaboration with his father. In 2001, Charnett released a potent tribute to the late Jaco Pastorius entitled Mr. P, a trio recording with pianist Mulgrew Miller and drummer Lewis Nash. Charnett has also performed on various movie soundtracks, including acclaimed ensemble cast pictures Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) and The Visit (2001), and was a featured soloist for The Score (starring Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando).
2008 to present
In 2008 Moffett signed with Motéma Music releasing The Art of Improvisation in May 2009 and Treasure in June 2010. The Art of Improvisation was his Motéma debut (and his eight recording as a leader), overdubbing electric bass guitar, piccolo bass and acoustic upright bass. Joined by drummers Will Calhoun and Eric McPherson and Tibetan vocalist Yungchen Lhamo, the release references Asian and Middle Eastern influences.
Treasure (2010), while sharing some of the Asian and Middle Eastern influences of The Art of Improvisation, has an emphasis on the swing and pulse for which Moffett has become known. The release, while his second on Motéma, marked his eleventh as a leader. Once again on Treasure, he uses his three-pointed bass method to express his distinct musicality: his upright acoustic bass, his fretless electric bass and his electric piccolo bass. The Making of Treasure, a documentary directed and narrated by Moffett, is included as enhanced content on the CD. Treasure was also released by King Records in Japan and by Membran International in the EU.
Moffett worked with Jana Herzen on her sophomore release Passion of A Lonely Heart (October 2012), playing the upright bass and electric bass.
In 2013 he released The Bridge: Solo Bass Works and Spirit of Sound, also on Motéma Music.
With Ornette Coleman
With Robin Eubanks & Steve Turre
With Frank Lowe
With Sonny Sharrock
With Mulgrew Miller