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San Sebastian by Ron Carter and Golden Striker Trio (2013)

Ron Carter's Great Big Band by Ron Carter (2011)

 

Ron Carter's Great Big Band by Ron Carter (2011)

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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sunnyside Records
  • ASIN: B005DZMPVY

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Songs

  • Caravan
  • The Eternal Triangle
  • Pork Chop
  • Opus 15 (Theme For C.B.)
  • Con Alma
  • Sail Away
  • Opus One

 

  • Sweet Emma
  • Saint Louis Blues
  • Line For Lyons
  • Footprints
  • The Golden Striker
  • Loose Change

 


Throughout his illustrious career, the legendary Ron Carter has played it all jumping in headlong as an integral member of Miles Davis s classic 60s quintet, anchoring the groove for almost every CTI Records session in the 70s, then launching into multifarious new projects, including his cello-infused, chamber-jazz nonet and his piano-guitar-bass trio. But in his lifelong calling to find the right notes, Carter had never recorded a big-band album. So, the time was ripe for the 73-year-old maestro of the upright bass to break new ground. The result is the delightful and swinging album Ron Carter s Great Big Band, set into motion by esteemed arranger Bob Freedman and Somerled Charitable Foundation trustee Wendy Macdonald (who serves as producer) and featuring an all-star cast of supporting musicians.

Carter says the big-band album was more accidental than intentional. Having done every conceivable recording under my name, the only project I hadn t done was leading a big band. Wendy likes the way Bob writes and asked him to do a project featuring his arrangements. Once he agreed, he asked me to be a part of it. I figured, hey, I ll give it a shot. Recalling Carter signing on to the venture, Freedman says, Ron was up to it and into it. He was eager in his own reserved way.

As it turns out, Carter and co. provided the endeavor with an absolute commitment to musical sublimity. The 17-piece band, with the bassist serving as the rhythmic rudder with his steady, warm-toned pulse and Freedman leading as the conductor, delivers a vibrant outing of 13 tunes that buoy with a spirited freedom. The music exudes refined elegance and sonic power as well as opens a window onto a new approach to big-band performance. Ron took on the role of bass player/leader as though he d been doing it forever, says Freedman, who over the years has written arrangements of songs for many of Carter s recordings.

Assembling the band for this date was a joint effort by Carter and Freedman. The bassist insisted on using two of his frequent rhythm mates, pianist Mulgrew Miller and drummer Lewis Nash.

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Jazz & Bossa by Ron Carter (2008) - Import

 

Ron Carter Jazz & Bossa 2008

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  • Audio CD (July 29, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • ASIN: B001B6ZHOQ

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Songs

  • Salt Song [Canção Do Sal]
  • Whisper Not
  • Por-Do-Sol
  • De Samba
  • No More Blues [Chega de Saudade]
  • Obrigado
  • Ah, Rio
  • Wave
  • Saudade

2008 release from the Jazz bass legend, a musical exploration of the wonderful sounds of Jazz and Bossa Nova. Nine tracks including 'Saudade', 'Salt Song (Cancao Do Sal)' and 'Whisper Not'. Blue Note.

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Dear Miles by Ron Carter (2007)

 

Ron Carter's Dear Miles Album

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  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000QFAF9U

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Songs

  • Gone
  • Seven Steps To Heaven
  • My Funny Valentine
  • Bags' Groove
  • Someday My Prince Will Come
  • Cut And Paste
  • Stella By Starlight
  • As Time Goes By
  • Bye Bye Blackbird
  • 595

Bassist Ron Carter provided the anchor for Miles Davis's band from 1963 to 1969, becoming an indispensable part of one of the trumpeter’s greatest bands. While there's plenty of reflection on Davis's music and personality here, the emphasis is squarely on Carter's own long-standing quartet, featuring pianist Stephen Scott, drummer Payton Crossley and percussionist Roger Squitero.

As you'd expect from that line-up the emphasis is often on rhythm, with Carter's warm-toned, resonant bass pulsing at the heart of the music. Davis's fleet "Seven Steps to Heaven" inspires racing invention from Scott and some vibrantly explosive percussion from Squitero, while "My Funny Valentine" has Scott playing with the kind of spare lyricism that was a Davis hallmark, Carter supplying a beautiful chordal accompaniment. There's even a bell-like elegance to the subtle blues-feel of "Bag's Groove." While much of the material alludes directly to Davis's inspiration, the quartet's also reflects one of Davis’s own stylistic sources, pianist Ahmad Jamal's trio.

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Eight Plus by Ron Carter (2003)

 

Ron Carter's Eight Plus Album (2003)

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  • Audio CD (February 25, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dreyfus
  • ASIN: B000087JCF

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Songs

  • Eight
  • A Blues For Bradley
  • Little Waltz
  • O.K.
  • A Song For You
  • First Trip
  • El Rompe Cabeza
  • A Closer Walk With Thee

Eight Plus is the first American release by the Ron Carter Nonet. With a cello quartet augmenting his regular ensemble of piano, bass, drums and percussion, Carter and his piccolo bass (the ‘Plus’ of the album’s title) are immersed in a wonderfully varied array of stylish and evocative compositions.

On Eight, the composer makes the cello quartet an equal partner in the ensemble. O.K. is a portrait in controlled, but exuberant swing. Ron’s ‘favorite Leon Russell composition’ A Song For You takes on a haunting new dimension with the delicately slashing lines of the cellos. "To those fans who enjoy a bit of Oscar Pettiford swing...take this First Trip" says Carter about this composition, written in the solo style of the immortal bassist.

A provocative endeavor like this must be conceived fully to avoid chaos, but even more importantly to face the challenge of maintaining the freedom and spontaneity that is at the core of all great music in the jazz tradition. Ron Carter has met this challenge on all fronts and in doing so has created a magnificent piece of art.

Ron Carter - piccolo bass Stephen Scott – piano Leon Maleson - bass Lewis Nash – drums Steve Kroon - percussion Kermit Moore - cello Chase Morrison – cello Carol Buck - cello Rachel Steuermann - cello

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Golden Striker by Ron Carter (2003)

 

Ron Carter's The Golden Striker Album

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  • Audio CD (August 19, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B0000AKY53

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Songs

  • The Golden Striker
  • On And On
  • N.Y. Slick
  • Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio Theme)
  • Cedar Tree
  • A Quick Sketch
  • Parade
  • A Theme In 3/4
  • Autumn Leaves

Neither extravagantly experimental nor conservative, The Golden Striker presents a befittingly mature, somewhat brooding collection of tunes. Working within a guitar trio format with pianist Mulgrew Miller and guitarist Russell Malone, Carter offers nine tracks which include four of his own compositions, as well as one each by his band-mates.

In order to emulate a "club" atmosphere, Carter, Miller and Malone recorded with little rehearsal, and with two exceptions layed down each tune on first takes. Executed with a refined attention to detail, the album as a whole presents solid musicianship and the blending of three well-matched yet distinct voices. Malone’s guitar sings soft, astute lines that play gracefully against Carter’s resonate, warm bass and Miller’s often almost classically melodic approach. With the unfortunate exception of missteps, "The Golden Striker" and "A Quick Sketch," all the album’s selections offer subtle readings of quite difficult arrangements.

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Stardust by Ron Carter (2002)

 

 Stardust by Ron Carter (2002)

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  • Audio CD (July 2, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B00005V4UD

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Songs

  • Tamalpais
  • The Man I Love
  • Nearly
  • Bohemia After Dark
  • Tail Feathers
  • Blues In The Closet
  • That's Deep
  • Stardust

On Stardust, Carter and an all-star cast of saxophonist Benny Golson, drummer Lenny White, pianist Sir Roland Hanna, and vibraphonist Joe Locke do a mix of covers (including three Pettiford songs) and Carter originals. The music is classic straight-ahead bebop, with Carter's walking lines and beautiful intonation setting the standard. While this band had never all played together before this session, they follow Carter's tasteful lead, never losing the sense of his direction. Perhaps the most poignant moment on the album is the closing title track--here Carter and Hanna take the Hoagy Carmichael gem and gently buff it to a dark luster. Soaring and sentimental, Stardust proves there's still life in the classic jazz idiom.

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Orfeu by Ron Carter (1999)

 

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  • Audio CD (November 22, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B00002CEZI

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Songs

  • Saudade
  • Manha De Carnaval
  • Por-Do-Sol
  • Goin' Home
  • 1:17 Special
  • Obrigado
  • Samba De Orfeu

On this recording, Carter, along with pianist Stephen Scott, tenor saxophonist Houston Person, guitarist Bill Frisell, drummer Payton Crossley, and percussionist Steve Kroon apply jazz forms to Afro-Brazilian samba rhythms. As a frequent visitor to Brazil and as a devoted student of that country's music traditions, Carter and his crew deliver a subtle, laid-back CD that combines the best of both worlds. Carter's "Saudade," which roughly translates from Portuguese as "longing," highlights the Iberian character with its mournful melody.

His other tunes "Por-do-sol," "Samba De Orfeu," and "Obrigado" make the Rio De Janeiro/Bahia-born rhythms swing with their festival-parade soul intact. On Jobim's "Manha De Carnaval," from the motion picture Black Orpheus, Person's broad and breathy tenor solo echoes Stan Getz's floating melodies. Carter's "1:17 Special," dedicated to the African-American "underground railroad" and Dvorak's "Goin' Home," ring with the spirituals and the blues, peppered by the percussive percolations brewed by Carter's buttery bass tones and the rhythmic relations from Brazil.

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So What by Ron Carter (1998)

 

Ron Carter's Album: So What

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  • Audio CD (July 14, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000007TFI

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Songs

  • So What
  • You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
  • It's About Time
  • My Foolish Heart
  • Hi-Fly
  • More Days
  • Eddie's Theme
  • The Third Plane

Bassist Ron Carter continues to prove that less is more. Following a winning effort with a quartet on The Bass and I,Carter returns with a trio date balanced between originals and standards. His sidemen, pianist Kenny Barron and drummer Lewis Nash help create a supple sound that enables Carter to lead without sounding anachronistic (or worse, like the bass solo during a generic jazz set).

The title track is an obvious reference to Carter's tenure with Miles Davis's quintet of the mid '60s, and he includes, "You Be So Nice to Come Home To" in honor of the late Davis's alum, drummer Tony Williams. The trio shines on Randy Weston's "Hi-Fly" and Carter's own "3 More Days," one of four originals that animate this engaging outing.

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Earlier Works

When Skies Are Grey by Ron Carter (2001)

 

Ron Carter's Album: When Skies Are Grey

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  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B0000589UH

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Songs

  • Loose Change
  • Besame Mucho
  • Caminando
  • Que Pasa
  • Corcovado
  • Cubano Chant
  • Mi Tiempo

On this CD Mr. Carter delves into Latin jazz. Backed by pianist Stephen Scott, percussionist Steve Kroon, and Fourplay drummer Harvey Mason, Carter's deep bass tones move from U.S. swing to Afro-Latin tumbao patterns with ease. His renditions of "Besame Mucho" and Ray Bryant's Cubop classic "Cubano Chant" move and groove.

Carter changes the syncopated citizenship of Antonio Carlos Jobim's bossa nova "Corcovado" to a Cuban bolero, and his blues "Loose Change" is a hip-swinging tune that would be at home in the ballroom and the bodega.

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Bass & I by Ron Carter (1997)

 

Ron Carter's Album: The Bass And I (1997)

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  • Audio CD (September 23, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000005HAM

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Songs

  • You & The Night & The Music
  • Someday My Prince Will Come
  • Blues For D.P.
  • The Shadow Of Your Smile
  • Mr. Bow-Tie
  • Double Bass
  • I Remember Clifford

For this quartet set, veteran bassist Ron Carter is joined by pianist Stephen Scott, drummer Lewis Nash, and percussionist Steve Kroon. As is usual on Carter's records, he is the main soloist on many of the songs though Scott also has plenty of good spots.

Recorded originally for the Japanese market, this set features the quartet jamming on four standards and three melodic Carter pieces, with all of the musicians playing quite well. Highlights include "You and the Night and the Music," "Blues for D.P.," and "Mr. Bow-Tie."

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New York Slick by Ron Carter (1996)

 

Ron Carter's Album: NY Slick (1996)

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  • Audio CD (November 5, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B000000Z31

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Songs

  • NY Slick
  • A Slight Smile
  • Tierra Española
  • Aromatic
  • Alternate Route

New York Slick by Ron Carter was released Nov 05, 1996 on the Original Jazz Classics label. Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1996, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California). New York Slick songs Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey in December 1979.

New York Slick album for sale Personnel: Hubert Laws (flute); Art Farmer (flugelhorn); J.J. Johnson (trombone); Jay Berliner, Kenny Barron (piano); Billy Cobham (drums); Ralph MacDonald (percussion). New York Slick CD music Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino. Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (12/1979).

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Friends by Ron Carter (1993)

 

Ron Carter's Album: Friends (1993)

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  • Audio CD (August 10, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000005HEE

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Songs

  • Minuet In Central Park (Liebesleid)
  • Minor Mood (Vocalise)
  • Friends
  • D'Jango
  • Freefall (Gymnopedie)
  • The Beginning (Prelude No. 4 In E Minor)
  • Ack, Vermeland Du Skona
  • Opus One Point Five
  • Vagabond Vision (Apres Un Reve-After A Dream)

Friends by Ron Carter was released Jul 27, 1993 on the Blue Note label. Recorded at Clinton Studios, New York from December 27-29, 1992. Friends buy CD music Includes liner notes by Kermit Moore.

Personnel: Ron Carter (acoustic & piccolo basses); Hubert Laws (flute); Kermit Moore, Caryl Paisner, Carol Buck, Marisol Espada (cello); Alison Dean (piano, harpsichord); Kenny Barron, Steven Scott (piano); Leon Maleson (bass); Lewis Nash (drums); Steve Kroon (percussion). Friends CD music contains a single disc with 9 songs.

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Peg Leg by Ron Carter (1991)

 

Ron Carter's Album: Peg Leg (1991)

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B000000YT3

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Songs

  • Peg Leg
  • Sheila's Song
  • Chapter XI
  • Epistrophy
  • My Ship
  • Patchouli

Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1991, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California). A 1991 reissue of a 1977 session. ~ Ron Wynn Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey in November 1977. Originally released on Milestone (9082).

Personnel: Ron Carter (piccolo, percussion); Jay Berliner (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); George Marge (flute, piccolo, clarinet, oboe); Walter Kane (flute, clarinet, bassoon); Charles Russo (clarinet, bass clarinet); Kenny Barron (piano); Ben Riley (drums, percussion). Audio Remixer: Rudy Van Gelder. Recording information: Englewood Cliffs, NJ (11/16/1977-11/22/1977). Photographer: Phil Bray. Arranger: Bob Freedman. Personnel: Ron Carter (piccolo bass, bass, percussion); Jerry Dodgion (piccolo, flute, alto flute); George Marge (piccolo, flute, oboe); Walter Kane (flute, clarinet, bassoon); Charles Russo (clarinet, bass clarinet); Kenny Barron (piano); Jay Berliner (guitar); Buster Williams (bass); Ben Riley (drums, percussion).

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Standard Bearers by Ron Carter (1991)

 

Ron Carter's Album: Standard Bearers

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B000000ZBS

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Songs

  • Oleo
  • Stella By Starlight (Live)
  • St. Thomas (Live)
  • Someties I Feel Like A Motherless Child
  • Blue Monk (Live)
  • Someday My Prince Will Come
  • Alone Together
  • All Blues

Carter with some first-rate players including Red Garland (p), McCoy Tyner (p), Herbie Hancock (k), and many others, work their way through a program of jazz classics. CD has a bonus cut.

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Jazz My Romance by Ron Carter (1994)

 

Ron Carter's Album: Jazz My Romance (1994)

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  • Audio CD (November 1, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000005GYP

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Songs

  • Blues For D.P.
  • My Romance
  • Airgin
  • Quiet Times
  • Summertime
  • I Fall In Love Too Easily
  • For Toddlers Only
  • Sweet Lorraine

Jazz, My Romance album for sale by Ron Carter was released Nov 01, 1994 on the Blue Note label. As with virtually all of Ron Carter's recordings as a leader, this CD is primarily a showcase for his bass solos. Jazz, My Romance buy CD music The unusual combination of musicians (a trio with guitarist Herb Ellis and pianist Kenny Barron) really does not live up to its potential.

There are some short spots for Ellis and Barron but their roles are mostly in support of the bassist. Jazz, My Romance CD music contains a single disc with 8 songs.

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