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Charnett Moffett: Music From Our Soul (Motéma)

Philip Booth's review of bassist Charnett Moffet's 14th album as a leader

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Cover of Charnett Moffett album "Music From Our Soul"
Charnett Moffett album “Music From Our Soul”

Charnett Moffett was just 20 and already a veteran of high-profile gigs when he made his debut as a leader. Three decades’ worth of road work and recording sessions later, he’s out with his aptly titled 14th release, Music From Our Soul, which handily demonstrates the free-spirited, groove-intensive approach he’s taken with his music in recent years. It’s a winning set of electric-acoustic music, playful but serious and sometimes challenging.

Music From Our Soul is essentially a collection of studio tracks and live dates in New York, Seattle and Bern, Switzerland, documenting some of what Moffett’s been up to since the release of his 2013 album, Spirit of Sound. The genesis of the project: a 2014 studio session that found the bassist joined by a longtime collaborator, guitarist Stanley Jordan, and drummer Mike Clark. That occasion yielded a speedy version of Miles’ “So What,” a showcase for Jordan’s sinewy soloing; the hypnotic, wah-enhanced “Love in the Galaxies”; and the leader’s brief, unaccompanied “Celestial Dimensions,” on which, on upright, he alternates hard-strummed figures with bowed lines.

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