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Ron Carter's bass playing epitomizes jazz elegance and sophistication. Throughout his 35 year career he's performed on well over 500 albums and has been a model of consistent excellence. After some recent flirtations with classical music Carter returns to the jazz camp with this solid, straight-ahead recording of his working group.
For the most part Carter is content to let the spotlight shine on his gifted young pianist Stephen Scott. Scott is bright and snappy on the opening standard "You The Night and The Music," gently swingin' and inventive on the old Miles Davis favorite "Some Day My Prince Will Come." Drummer Lewis Nash provides tasteful, simple support while percussionist Steve Kroon adds timely rhythm accents. Carter contributes three of his own compositions to the mix and his "Mr. Bow-Tie" and "Double Bass" give him ample opportunity to display his still vital solo chops.
Yes, he still possesses the impeccable timing and big, round tone that he became famous for.
I love jazz because it's so different than pop and has an emotional pull that other music does not have.
I was first exposed to jazz when I saw Dave Brubeck in 1974.
The first jazz record I bought was Bitches Brew by Miles Davis.