I’ve been listening to the handiwork of the giant we know as Ron Carter since I was a teenager. Last night I got to sit for a few minutes with him and walked away with an autographed copy of his book and special memories. My father probably doesn’t know how rich he left me with the love of music that he shared and by extension an introduction to some amazing musicians and human beings.
Last night was a celebration of many things not least of which was the creation of the Ron Carter Foundation - Finding The Right Notes. The aims of the foundation are among other things to add and sustain the role of art and artistic expression in the lives of young people given how rich a life becomes when art is added to the mix. Ron Carter is joined in that effort by Danny Simmons, Renee Neufville and Myrdith Leon-McCormack, among others who I might not be aware of at this moment.
Look out for more information on Ron Carter’s Foundation at the link below:
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