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Charnett Moffett Drops New CD, Gigs

Times are busy for bassist Charnett Moffett (pictured), who in the past has played with Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey and Wynton Marsalis, among others, and who will release his first album as a leader since 1997’s Still Life on May 4. Moffett will also play a handful of shows in May and June, both in support of the new disc and as a member of pianist McCoy Tyner’s trio.

The new album, For the Love of Peace (Piadrum), is a family affair that features Moffett’s brothers, drummer Codaryl Cody and trumpeter Mondre, along with his sister, Charisse, on vocals and his wife, Angela, adding spoken word on three of the album’s 14 tracks. The majority of Moffett’s Piadrum Records debut features the bassist’s pizzicato and bowing techniques, and the album culminates in the 10-and-a-half minute bass solo. Sound clips are available at

A release party for the new album will be held May 19 at Sweet Rhythm in New York City, just a few days after Moffett finishes a two-week stand at New York’s Iridium Jazz Club from May 4-16 as a member of pianist McCoy Tyner’s trio (saxophonist Ravi Coltrane will be the trio’s special guest on May 4 and 5). On June 25 and 26 Moffett will play with his own quartet at Shanghai Jazz in Madison, N.J.

Ticket info for all shows is available at these Web sites:

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