Roberta Flack / First Take

On her stunning 1971 debut with Ron Carter in the bass chair, Roberta Cleopatra Flack waxed signature renditions of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” which captured a Grammy for Record of the Year, and Leonard Cohen’s “Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye.” Ron’s genius commences on the first downbeat of track one, side one for “Compared to What” wherein Carter grooves on upright with the funk and fluidity most associated with the electric. And dig Ron’s solo which introduces “Angelitos Negros.” Classic Roberta. Classic Carter.