No jazz bassist has been recorded more times than the eminent Ron Carter. His 2221 appearances, as leader, sideman or sessions musician, exist as an enduring record of his staggering career, which has seen him collaborate with each generation of supreme musicians since the 1950s, starting with Cannonball Adderley, Eric Dolphy and Thelonious Monk and moving through the years alongside the likes of McCoy Tyner and Freddie Hubbard as well as modern hip-hop musicians such as Mos Def and Talib Kweli. But it was his work in the second great Miles Davis Quartet in the 60s, which included Herbie Hancock on piano, Wayne Shorter on saxophone and Tony Williams on drums, that secured his legend.
Here, he is joined by Russel L. Malone on guitar and Donald Vega on drums, both daring and virtuosic musicians in their own right. The octogenarian delivers a repertoire that includes many of his most-loved compositions and interpretations, including a take on the famous “My Funny Valentine.” Carter is one of the last true masters who participated at the very top of post-war jazz.
RSI Archives 1987
Sonuma Archives 1963