Charnett Moffett is a virtuosic bassist who is equally skilled on acoustic and electric. The son of drummer Charles Moffett, Sr. and the younger brother of drummer Codaryl, singer Charisse, trumpeter Mondre, and tenor saxophonist Charles Jr. (all of whom have guested on his records), Charnett started on bass early and appeared at age eight on a family record in 1974 for LRS. He later studied at Juilliard and was in Wynton Marsalis' quintet when he was 16, playing with the trumpeter regularly from 1983 to 1985. Moffett, who appeared on 17 records before he turned 20, has worked with Tony Williams, Slide Hampton, Mulgrew Miller, Monty Alexander, Sonny Sharrock, Stanley Jordan, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, and Diane Reeves, among many others, and played regularly with Ornette Coleman from 1993 to 1995. Moffett has recorded regularly as a solo artist beginning with his 1987 Blue Note debut Beauty Within, followed by Net Man. He continued to record throughout the '90s, releasing 1991's Nettwork, 1994's Planet Home, and 1997's Still Life. Although he continued to perform regularly, Moffett would not return to recorded solo work until 2004's For the Love of Peace. He followed two years later with Internet. In 2009, he released the eclectic world music-infused Art of Improvisation. He then stuck with the world music template for his 2010 East Indian-tinged album Treasure. In 2013, Moffett returned with two albums, Bridge: Solo Bass Works and the expansive, Eastern-influenced Spirit of Sound. In 2017, he released Music from Our Soul on Motema. His accompanists included alternating drummers Jeff "Tain" Watts, Mike Clark, and Victor Lewis, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, guitarist Stanley Jordan, and percussionist Babatunde Lea. ~ Scott Yanow
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