“I think that the bassist is the quarterback in any group, and he must find a sound that he is willing to be responsible for…” He is a world class bassist and unquestionably the world’s greatest living bassist.
Where to begin with Ron Carter? He is the most recorded jazz bassist in history with over 2,500 albums to his credit. Ron propelled Miles Davis’ second greatest quintet which spanned the hard bop of E.S.P. (1965) to the fusion filled Filles de Kilimanjero (1968).
His rich tone, soulful rhythmic phrasing, and harmonic genius, which draws from classical and jazz, along with his extensive body of work as a leader, collaborator, and sideman on CTI, Milestone, Blue Note, Impulse, and Prestige, among many other imprints, is stunning.
Carter’s enormous contributions to recordings by George Benson, Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill, Joe Henderson, Gil Scott-Heron, Herbert Laws, A Tribe Called Quest, Tony Williams, Wes Montgomery, Donald Byrd, Jim Hall, Roberta Flack, Bill Frisell, and Kenny Burrell, to cite a very, very few, are all worthy of exploration.
An educator, and revered and prolific composer, to my ears, no musician has forged a more personal connection to an audience, on record and in concert, than Ron Carter.