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At six feet, four inches, the bassist towers over the bandstand, no longer relegated to the back, in the shadows behind the frontline players. And in a historical shift of jazz bass playing, he's no longer just a timekeeper, a rhythm man, a sidekick to the spotlight artist-but an architect of the highest order, an impromptu composer even when he's not taking solos. Pliable yet powerful. The instigator. The catalyst. The shepherd. The finest walker in the history of jazz. The risk-taker with an elegant streak. Refined.
The anchor of Miles Davis's classic '60s quintet. The most recorded jazz bassist of all time. National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. If he were a character in a novel, he would be the protagonist. That's Ron Carter, jazz legend, and Finding the Right Notes is his story.Buy This Book
A compendium of techniques for great jazz bass lines including play-along (Dec 1, 1998)
In this book/CD pack, bass legend Ron Carter illustrates step by step the basic concepts of creating bass lines; constructing lines using non-harmonic tones and diverse rhythms; playing in fast tempos; and developing tone and pitch.
Includes a play-along CD with an all-star rhythm section and isolated bass parts, so players can listen to Ron play the sample written lines, practice them with the CD, then create their own lines with the guitar, piano and drums backing them up.Buy This Book
This is a collection of transcribed bass solos and the corresponding melodies from some of Mr. Carter's best-known recordings. A must-have book for any serious bass student, it contains lead sheets and note-for-note solo transcriptions of 19 of Carter's original compositions, including Blues for D.P., Blues for Two, Bottoms Up, Doom, Eight, Einbahnstrasse, Fill in the Blank Spaces, First Trip, For Toddlers Only, Fragile, Last Resort, Little Waltz, Nearly, New Waltz, No Flowers Please, One-Bass Rag, Tail Feathers, Tear Drop, and Third Plane.Buy This Book