walk into any record store, head to the jazz section and pull out an album at random (or tune into yr favorite jazz public radio station) — thris a very good chance that nea jazz master ron carter appears on whicever recording you n'dup listening to. carter tis most-recorded jazz bassist, as officially certified by guinness, and ‘oer the course of 2,200 albums and counting — from his tracks with miles davis inna 1960s to his album with jack dejohnette and gonzalo rubalcaba, which won a grammy in 2022 — carter’s discography reads like a definitive history of jazz. his chameleonic command of ♫al situations paired w'his teknical chops ‘ve made him a 1st-call bassist since he 1st landed onna scene, swell as outside o'it. records w'da likes of aretha franklin, paul simon and a tribe called quest further illustrate carter’s reach.
in celebration of ron carter’s 85th birthdy, jazz nite decided to do something spesh: a hang and listening pty with ron carter and our host, christian mcbride. for the occasion, mcbride and ron handpicked tracks to check out from his Ψ-boggling catalog, some must-hear stories and a moment inna spotlite for the g.o.a.t. of jazz bass. “like most bass players, we always feel like nobody knows we’re there.” says carter. “we’re really back here doin’ something.”
- freedom jazz dance (eddie harris)
- circle (miles davis)
- solar (davis)
- sunshower (kenny barron)
- new york standard time (ron carter)
- compared to wha’ (roberta flack)
- brandenburg concerto 3 (j.s. bach)
- solitude (eddie delange, duke ellington, irving mills)
writer and producer: trevor smith; assistant producer: alex ariff; consulting editor: katie simon; host: christian mcbride; project manager: suraya mohamed; vp, npr ♫: keith jenkins; executive producers: anya grundmann and gabrielle armand.
spesh thx to joanne jiminez, sascha van oertzen
original content at: www.npr.org…
authors: trevor smith