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Ron Carter Golden Striker Trio at Jazzfest Gronau 2014

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Ron Carter Golden Striker Trio Evangelist Stadtkirche Jazzfest Gronau Gronau, Germany April 27, 2014 Ron Carter resumed his casual, “guy with the microphone" demeanor as bandleader for this afternoon's “church meeting," but brought a confident intensity to this conspicuously jazz conscious German community on the Netherlands border. A large, enthusiastic crowd at Evangelist Stadtkirche was well aware that whatever role Carter takes in an ensemble, his majestic upright bass stands as one of the strongest bottom lines in jazz history. Carter and the current incarnation of his Golden ...

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Kenny Barron/Gerry Gibbs/Ron Carter: Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio

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When drummer Gerry “The Thrasher" Gibbs was a youngster, growing up in California in the '70s, he idolized bassist Ron Carter and pianist Kenny Barron. Of course, neither man played his instrument of choice, but he recognized the greatness that emanated from both players and he viewed them as exemplars of what's right and good in jazz. He sought out and savored every album that he could find that each man appeared on and dreamt of playing with them; that dream was fulfilled with this recording. When Gibbs was tossing around ideas for this album--his eighth overall ...

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Kenny Barron/Gerry Gibbs/Ron Carter: Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio

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Drummer Gerry Gibbs calls this band the Thrasher Dream Trio. That “Thrasher" aspect of the appellation might make the uninitiated conjure images of burly tattooed guys in sleeveless shirts, sporting long black hair--and maybe facial make-up--slamming their instruments in the heavy metal bass/drums/guitar mode. But this couldn't be further from the music at hand. Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio teams two seasoned jazz veterans--legends, really: bassist Ron Carter and pianist Kenny Barron--with relative newcomer Gibbs, on an energized set of jazz standards and pop tunes along with some inspired band member originals. Gibbs, the son of vibraphonist Terry ...

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Donald Harrison, Ron Carter & Billy Cobham Trio: New York, NY, January 8, 2013

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Donald Harrison, Ron Carter & Billy Cobham TrioBlue NoteNew York, NYJanuary 8, 2013All-Star groupings are often dreamed up by promoters looking to capitalize on one-off, big name combinations that never really have the opportunity to gel; that's not the case with saxophonist Donald Harrison, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Billy Cobham's trio. A New Orleans modernist who comes from the university of drummer Art Blakey, jazz's preeminent acoustic bassist and a fusion kingpin may seem like an odd fit on paper, but paper doesn't play jazz, people do. These three highly regarded ...

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Ron Carter: The Right Notes, Alright

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There can't be any jazz musician or jazz listener who doesn't know Ron Carter and his standing as one of the most successful and influential bass players in the history of music in America. He's a musician of the highest order, with a rich, immediately identifiable sound that has resonated in the jazz world for some five decades. Those beautiful bottom notes. Always on the search for the right ones, he probably hasn't played too many clunkers over the years.It's inevitable that Carter is forever associated with the Miles Davis Quintet of the mid-to-late-1960s that many regard as ...

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Ron Carter at 75: New York, March 27, 2012

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Ron Carter at 75: A Life in MusicAlice Tully HallNew York, NYMarch 27, 2012On the night of the Juilliard School's tribute to Ron Carter, electronic billboards lining 65th Street near Lincoln Center flashed bright pictures of the iconic jazz bassist. The event was a lot like the man and his music: there was an atmosphere of elegance and warmth, occasional touches of wry humor, some chamber music colorings mixed on a deep jazz palette, and masterful musical interplay throughout. The concert had been organized as a benefit to establish the Ron Carter Scholarship at Juilliard, ...

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Ron Carter's Great Big Band: Ron Carter's Great Big Band

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There is practically nothing that Ron Carter has not done, including actually playing second bass fiddle to Charles Mingus on Three Or Four Shades Of Blue, (Atlantic, 1977). Ever since the world shone a spotlight on the bassist when he graced the great quintet of Miles Davis, with Tony Williams, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, Carter has been recognized as one of the premier jazz bassists of the time. Many of his albums--including Uptown Conversation (Embryo/Atlantic, 1989), his trio recording with guitarist Herb Ellis and Kenny Barron, Jazz, My Romance (Somethin' Else, 1994), and Mr. Bow Tie (Somethin' Else, 1995), ...

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Ron Carter's Great Big Band: Ron Carter's Great Big Band

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Bassist Ron Carter rode to high profile during his stint with trumpeter Miles Davis' second great quintet, the stellar mid-1960s ensemble that also included pianist Herbie Hancock, drummer Tony Williams and saxophonist Wayne Shorter--all of whom, like Carter, went on to create great things. Carter also used the opportunity afforded by the Davis boost to become something of a super side sideman, appearing on hundreds of albums led by an array of fellow artists, as well as dozens of his own, including the outstanding small group efforts Golden Striker, (Blue Note Records, 2003), and Dear Miles (EMI, 2006).Carter ...

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Ron Carter: All Blues

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In the 1960s and 1970s, few bassists were as ubiquitous as Ron Carter, from the experimental post/free bop of trumpeter Miles Davis's 1960s quintet to straight-ahead swing with guitarist Kenny Burrell and the greater extremes of saxophonist Archie Shepp. With the emergence of CTI Records, Carter became something of a house bassist for the label; on the recent four-CD retrospective box that launched CTI Masterworks, 2010's CTI Records--The Cool Revolution, the bassist appears on no less than 29 of its 39 tracks. Given his wide-ranging musical interests, Carter's discography as a solo artist remains more than a ...

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Ron Carter: Super Sideman

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Attila Zoller/Ron Carter/Joe Chambers Common Cause Enja 2009 Sadao Watanabe with the Great Jazz Trio I'm Old Fashioned Test of Time 2009

Ron Carter has long been one of the most in-demand bassists, a talented player in both jazz and classical music. He has appeared on hundreds of recording sessions during the last five decades, in addition to his extensive discography as a leader. Among recent reissues are two sideman dates that were recorded during ...

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Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes

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Ron Carter: Finding The Right NotesDan OuellettePaperback; 435 pagesISBN: 978-0-615-26526-1ArtistShareThe new biography of bassist Ron Carter possesses everything one could desire: an introduction by noted jazz writer Nat Hentoff, a judicious discography, copious photographs, and a stream of well-researched facts and anecdotes about Carter and his 50+ years as a professional musician. Born May 4th, 1937 in Ferndale, Michigan, Carter started cello lessons at age 10, then switched to bass in high school. At first he played classical music and only dabbled in jazz, but in Carter's last ...

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Ron Carter: Finding The Right Notes

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Ron Carter: Finding The Right Notes Dan Ouellette Paperback; 435 pages ISBN: 978-0-615-26526-1 ArtistShare 2009

Songwriter and vocalist Gil Scott-Heron said that his basslines “glowed in the dark." Trumpeter Miles Davis proclaimed him the “anchor" of his groundbreaking quintet of the 1960s. And he literally laid down the groove for the Tribe Called Quest's hip-hop classic, “The Low End Theory."

From 1960 to 2009, whether the music is rock, pop, bop, post-bop, fusion or third stream, you will find one constant presence. A tall, quiet black ...

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Ron Carter: New York Reunion, The Next Level & Just Between Friends

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McCoy Tyner New York Reunion Chesky 2007 Ignaz Dinne The Next Level Challenge 2008 Houston Person with Ron Carter Just Between Friends HighNote 2008

Just past the threshold of his seventh decade, Ron Carter is an iconic bassist whose prolific heartbeat has stirred the lifeblood of jazz for nearly 50 years. Whether he's playing with fellow legends or lending credibility to a burgeoning ...

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Ron Carter: Dear Miles,

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Even considering Ron Carter, the bassist who rode through many mercurial musical styles, albums, and personas with Davis through the 1960s and '70s, with admitted skepticism, the question is asked: What kind of message to the late, great Miles Davis could Dear Miles be without a trumpet or other horn player in the ensemble?It features all the glorious power and articulation of Carter's legendary upright bass as he leads drummer Payton Crossley, percussionist Roger Squitero and pianist Stephen Scott through a program of standards that Davis' singular interpretations made uniquely his own. This includes Gil ...



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