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God's Gift of Music: Jazz Bassist Ron Carter

The Most Recorded Jazz Bassist in History | Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes | Full Film | PBS

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"An intimate portrait of legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter. A quiet genius who speaks with his music, Carter brought the upright bass out from the background into the spotlight. This full documentary tells the story of the incredible career of the most-recorded jazz bassist in history. In addition to his own prolific discography, Ron Carter's work can be found on the albums of renowned musicians such as Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Roberta Flack, Paul Simon, Gil Scott-Heron, A Tribe Called Quest and many others." from video introduction


I grew up with some of the legends in jazz that still performed in the 1960's - 1980's. i discovered jazz through the movie Taxi driver with the musical score of Bernard Hermann that included the melodic saxophone of Ronnie Lang (with some re-recorded versions by Tom Scott). I remember being charmed by the guitar of George Benson, and there were many more.

Today we are fortunate to have Ron Carter still performing. The video above gives us an excellent view into his world of music and how he influences all the musicians around him.


Ron Carter - Miles Davis Quintet Broadcast 11/1/67 Kulttuuritalo, Helsink Radio Broadcast

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Ron Carter: “Miles Davis was great. He never told me what not to play. We’d never talk about changes or tempo“

"The jazz legend reflects on a life spent in pursuit of double bass excellence and explains why the best is yet to come

Ron Carter: “Miles Davis was great. He never told me what not to play. We’d never talk about changes or tempo“


If your life’s achievements add up to a quarter of what Ron Carter has done in his career so far, you’ll have led a first-class sojourn on this planet.


Recognized as a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a major cultural honor in France, and a prestigious award no matter where you happen to live, Carter has a bewildering array of data on his resumé.

We can talk endlessly about the 2,200-plus recordings that he’s completed, for which he’s earned a Guinness Book Of Records award; we can discuss his classical background and education, or his immersion in New York’s never-more-swinging jazz scene in the Sixties.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention Miles Davis, in whose immortal second Quintet he played alongside Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams; his roles as an educator and prolific author; and the long series of solo and collaborative albums which Carter continues to release to this day.." from the article: Ron Carter: “Miles Davis was great. He never told me what not to play. We’d never talk about changes or tempo“


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