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Treasure [Digipak]

  • 1. Swing Street
    2. Celebration, The
    3. Things of Swing, The
    4. Say La
    5. Beam Me Up
    6. Praise
    7. Country Blues
    8. Down Up Blues
    9. Say La La
    10. Treasure
    11. Sound Healing I
    12. Sound Healing II
    13. Making of Treasure, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MTM-43

  • Credits
    ProducerCharnett Moffett
    EngineerAnthony Ruotolo

    Personnel: Charnett Moffett (acoustic bass, upright bass, electric bass, fretless bass); Stanley Jordan (electric guitar); Tomoko Sugawara (harp); Anjana Roy (sitar); Angela Moffett (tamboura); Jana Herzen (didjeridu); Oran Etkin (bass clarinet); Irwin Hall (tenor saxophone); Casimir Liberski (piano); Denardo Coleman, Rodney Holmes (drums); Max Moffett (tabla).
    Audio Mixer: Anthony Ruotolo.
    Recording information: Avatar Studios, NYC (10/19/2009-10/23/2009).
    Photographer: Carol Friedman.
    For Charnett Moffett's eleventh CD as a leader, he has chosen to play acoustic upright, but mainly electric bass guitar in settings that have a distinct Eastern Indian flavor. Surrounded by sitar, harmonium, and tabla, Moffett's popping, funky bass melds into an ethnic fusion that also taps on American jazz or rhythm & blues. The combination is very palatable, arresting, and captivating, considering the concept and high virtuosity the bassist has always employed. Moffett has always been curious and able to challenge himself outside conventional jazz, on this date, he occasionally goes into speed-demon mode, working with spoken word vocals and even a bit of country and eastern fusion. Bass clarinetist Oran Etkin is used effectively on a dense, Asiatic parallel to the famous Nat Adderley standard "Work Song" titled "Swing Street," and tapping guitarist Stanley Jordan guests on two tracks, specifically the quick waltz "The Celebration" aside a small horn section. Casimir Liberski is the sleeper sideman of the group, playing distinctly spare piano, while Moffett really digs into the raga arena during "Say La La" with the Kugo harp playing of Tomoko Sugawara. But it's clear that Moffett is the leader, playing main stem lines on every track, taking many solos, or forcefully pushing the envelope with his instrument. It's another bold statement from a fine instrumentalist who has always deserved wider recognition. ~ Michael G. Nastos

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.66) - "Restlessly creative and technically dazzling, Moffett continues to push the envelope while exploring new territory on his instrument."
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