Ron Carter captured by Henry Adebonojo. Today is Mr. Carter’s birthday.
I’ve been on a heavy 60s Miles Davis kick lately, and his 2nd great quintet just leaves me speechless. The sheer brilliance of these 5 guys working together like a well oiled machine just does it for me.
Listening to the song Madness on Nefertiti, I realize how Ron Carter’s playing adds just the right amount of weighty heft from 23 seconds in, like a master chef adding in the right amounts of an ingredient. Not too much, and not too scant - just right. Then there’s the 21 year old Tony Williams riding the cymbals. Did I mention he’s 21? Yeah, that’s a 21 year old.
Miles sure knew how to pick the right people. No one assembled groups better outside of Duke Ellington who was the expert in large groups. For small groups Miles reigned supreme. His consistency in this regard is unmatched. His expertise goes beyond being a talented horn player. He was a leader among leaders. This is the key thing that separates him from the pack in my opinion.
Guy Le Querrec Jazz Musicians Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), and in the Background, Ron Carter (bass) Being Prepped for a Scene in Bertrand Tavernier’s “Round Midnight,” Epinay Sur Seine, France 1985
Miles Davis and Ron Carter at the Antibes Jazz Festival in France in 1963. Photo by Pierre Fournier.
Listening to RON CARTER talk about his background in music is always a special treat….
@ Atane… there is a special mention of Chico Hamilton & Eric Dolphy in this clip you might find interesting.
This is great, just watched it. Thanks Henry.