Treasure

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2010
  • Label: Motema Music
  • UPC: 181212000436
  • Catalog Number: 43
  • Sales rank: 193,624

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Swing Street (5:38)
  2. 2 The Celebration (7:59)
  3. 3 The Things of Swing (7:15)
  4. 4 Say La (6:32)
  5. 5 Beam Me Up (3:44)
  6. 6 Praise (3:21)
  7. 7 Country Blues (3:19)
  8. 8 Down Up Blues (2:45)
  9. 9 Say La La (3:59)
  10. 10 Treasure (3:23)
  11. 11 Sound Healing I (2:56)
  12. 12 Sound Healing II (2:30)
  13. 13 The Making of Treasure
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charnett Moffett Primary Artist, Electric Bass, Narrator, Fretless Bass Guitar, Acoustic Bass, Piccolo Bass, Upright Bass
Stanley Jordan Guitar, Electric Guitar
Denardo Coleman Drums
Rodney Holmes Drums
Jana Herzen Didjeridu
Casimir Liberski Piano
Oran Etkin Bass Clarinet
Tomoko Sugawara Harp
RJ Avallone Trumpet
Angela Moffett Vocals, Tamboura
Anjana Roy Sitar
Max Moffett Drums, Tabla
Irwin Hall Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Charnett Moffett Composer, Director, Producer
Carol Friedman Art Direction
Anthony Ruotolo Engineer
Josh Bonati Mastering
Vernon H. Hammond III Management
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