Charnett’s arsenal of colors and expression are three basses: the upright acoustic bass, the fretless electric bass and the electric piccolo bass. Plus through the use of plucking and/or bowing techniques, along with bag of tricks effects like wah-wah pedals and distortion, he is able to evoke an even broader spectrum of tonal environs. Charnett then showcases his playing on these instruments in solo, duo, trio and larger ensembles, often stretching beyond the traditional piano, bass and drums format to include ethnic instruments from other parts of the world. It is an authentic and impassioned display of the way Charnett hears, conceives and performs music – as far from pretentiousness as is possible.
“As personal and unusual as my music may be considered to some, I do not create my music with an elite audience in mind,” Charnett insists. “It’s for everybody. I make sounds best expressed in a manner that a layman can appreciate. I realize in jazz, some are not as adventurous in their expression… Though there are some elements of intense freedom in my music, it’s just the way I hear music.”