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While Charnett Moffett’s 2004 album For the Love of Peace was something of a family affair-since his brothers, sister and wife pitched in-the bassist sticks to a piano-trio format this time for all but two tracks. The spotlight stays on Moffett, who switches between upright, fretless, piccolo basses and fretted bass guitar on the 17 tracks.

“G.E.M.” and “Icon Blues” pay tribute to John Coltrane’s classic rhythm section and Ray Brown, respectively, and while each track might conjure memories of their honorees, Moffett is no mere imitator. His rock-solid tone, which evokes the authority of Mingus, sounds especially impressive. On piccolo bass he possesses the clarity of a guitarist, and his speed on the fretless bass is mind-boggling. All three instruments appear on “PTL,” which sounds graceful and avoids the muddy pitfalls of such an arrangement.

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