Spirit of Sound

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Charnett Moffett's 2013 album, Spirit of Sound, is an atmospheric, exotic, and often hypnotic set of songs showcasing his virtuoso skills as a bassist. Although not a solo bass album like his other 2013 release, Bridge: Solo Bass Works, Spirit of Sound is a highly bass-centric album with many of the songs built around Moffett's serpentine basslines. In the liner notes, the album is described as having been designed as a sonic journey for the listener and that is quite an apt concept. Moffett sets the tone for this journey with his solo opening cut, "Bassland," which features him improvising on an expansive Indian raga and free jazz-leaning motif. The Eastern influence is ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Charnett Moffett's 2013 album, Spirit of Sound, is an atmospheric, exotic, and often hypnotic set of songs showcasing his virtuoso skills as a bassist. Although not a solo bass album like his other 2013 release, Bridge: Solo Bass Works, Spirit of Sound is a highly bass-centric album with many of the songs built around Moffett's serpentine basslines. In the liner notes, the album is described as having been designed as a sonic journey for the listener and that is quite an apt concept. Moffett sets the tone for this journey with his solo opening cut, "Bassland," which features him improvising on an expansive Indian raga and free jazz-leaning motif. The Eastern influence is carried throughout Spirit of Sound, which means that, as a whole, the album leans toward a jazz meets world fusion vibe. Joining Moffett here is a stellar cast of equally accomplished and adventurous musicians, including his son, drummer Charnett "Max" Moffett, pianist Marc Cary, percussionist Babatunde Lea, and reed player Oran Etkin, as well as Moffett's wife, actress Angela Moffett, who supplies several spoken word segments set to music. Also featured is Moffett's daughter, vocalist Amareia Moffett, on the haunting, Asian-influenced "Opera." In some ways, the album brings to mind the similarly exploratory and Eastern-influenced '70s albums of pocket trumpeter Don Cherry, albeit with a more contemporary jazz sheen to the production. Ultimately, as the title implies, Spirit of Sound is a soulful, deeply personal, and highly engaging album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2013
  • Label: Motema Music
  • UPC: 181212001266
  • Catalog Number: 126
  • Sales rank: 99,973

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bassland (2:48)
  2. 2 Seeker of Truth - Angela Moffett (1:28)
  3. 3 Opera - Amareia Moffett (3:32)
  4. 4 Hope - Angela Moffett (4:03)
  5. 5 Natural Heritage - Tessa Souter (4:38)
  6. 6 Swing Raga - Jana Herzen (4:53)
  7. 7 Blues Walk Groove (6:43)
  8. 8 Overpass - Oran Etkin (5:29)
  9. 9 Lonely Woman (4:09)
  10. 10 For Those Who Know (3:47)
  11. 11 Spirit of Sound (5:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charnett Moffett Primary Artist, Guitar, Drums, Tabla, Vocals, Fretless Bass Guitar, Acoustic Bass, Piccolo Bass, Upright Bass
Marc Cary Piano
Babatunde Lea Percussion
Jana Herzen Vocals
Oran Etkin Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Angela Moffett Tamboura, Spoken Word
Tessa Souter Vocals
Max Moffett Drums, Tabla
Amareia Moffett Vocals
Technical Credits
Ornette Coleman Composer
Charnett Moffett Arranger, Composer, Producer
e.e. cummings Composer, Poetry
Emily Dickinson Composer, Poetry
Anthony Ruotolo Engineer
Jana Herzen Producer, Executive Producer
Josh Bonati Mastering
Mary Ann Topper Producer, Liner Notes
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