by Willard Manus
Moffett comes from a royal musical family. His late father was not only
Ornette Colemans drummer but led his own band, of which Charnett
was a member at a young age. Now, joined by his wife Angela, daughter
Amarei and son Max-plus other like-minded musicians-Charnett
has released a new CD, his thirteenth, SPIRIT OF SOUND, which pushes the
boundaries of jazz into previously unknown territory.
Charnett composed ten of the eleven tracks on this Motema Music release
(the exception is Colemans Lonely Woman), each one of
which investigates a variety of musical sounds and forms: jazz, vocalese,
free/world, East Indian ragas and poetry. The result is a sonic journey
that is remarkably fresh and adventurous, 21st century jazz at its experimental
Charnett, alternating between acoustic and electric bass (plus piccolo
bass guitar), leads his cohorts on such numbers as Seeker of Truth
(words by poet E.E. Cummings), Hope (words by Emily Dickenson),
Swing Raga (percussion by Babatunde Lea), and Blues
Walk Groove (with wife Angela on tamboura). At all times there is
a deep, mysterious, transcendental feeling emanating from this multi-dimensional
studio project, which was produced by Motemas founder, Jana Herzen
(who also vocalizes on Swing Raga).
I believe that music is an art of seeking truth and healing,
says Charnett Moffett.
His new album is proof positive of that remark.