A jazz prodigy – he started playing bass at seven years old, playing in his family band, led by drummer Charles Moffett – Big Apple-born Moffett was recording with noted horn-playing brothers Wynton and Branford Marsalis as a teenager. He was just 20 when he issued his debut recording "Net Man" on the Blue Note label the first of his 15 solo albums. He has appeared on over 200 stellar recordings, including Wynton Marsalis’ Grammy-winning “Black Codes for the Underground”, Ornette Coleman’s trend setting “Sound Museum” Herbie Hancock's "Future 2 Future" and Sonny Sharrock’s legendary “Ask the Ages” among many others. Moffett has worked with a who’s who of jazz luminaries including Miles Davis’s legendary drummer Tony Williams, legendary saxophonist David Sanborn, legendary pianist McCoy Tyne, legendary guitar innovator Stanley Jordan, vocalists Bette Middler, Anita Baker, Melody Gardot, Harry Connick Jr. Dianne Reeve and Jana Herzen. A supremely versatile musician, Moffett, like his father before him, has also played avant-garde jazz with Ornette Coleman and incorporates Middle Eastern and fusion influences into his own, very eclectic, music.
“A supremely versatile musician… Moffett is a master of post-bop jazz whose dizzying versatility more than earns him his place among the world’s best jazz bassists.” – U Discover Music: 50 Best Bassists In Jazz (2019)
ABOUT BRIGHT NEW DAY
Inspired by the electric periods of three chief influences – Jaco Pastorius, Ornette Coleman, and Miles Davis – legendary jazz bassist Charnett Moffett’s Bright New Day represents a new chapter in his expanding legacy of jazz innovation. Internationally acclaimed for his pyrotechnic upright acoustic bass work on his own recordings and with a virtual “who’s who” of jazz, Moffett changes the game here, appearing for the first time exclusively with his fretless electric bass guitar and a new powerhouse touring band featuring rising-star violinist Scott Tixier, keyboard specialist Brian Jackson (known for his innovations with Gil Scott-Heron), drummer Mark Whitfield Jr, and electric guitarist Jana Herzen.
Bright New Day with its fusion of free-jazz, rock, and classical themes, follows up Moffett’s acclaimed, Music from Our Soul (Motéma 2017) – feat. Pharaoh Sanders, and his recent Nett Duo: Overtones duo project with Jana Herzen (Motéma, 2018).
“There is plenty to like about Charnett Moffett’s new quintet, especially his choice to concentrate solely on fretless electric bass…. Compositions such as “O My God Elohim” and “Set It Free” allow the intricacies of Moffett’s melodic style to shine through.” – DOWNBEAT – Sept 2019