204

Ron Carter: When Skies Are Grey...

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
While a Latin jazz element is his focus for this project, veteran Ron Carter’s recordings always hold the mainstream of jazz in high regard. A quiet session that swings, the bassist’s latest album swirls through the tradition with a light conga tinge. Bob Freedman’s intricate arrangements place the bassist in roles ranging from opening obbligato to soothing melody and focused improvisation. Pianist Stephen Scott brings a fresh approach to the session, particularly on Ray Bryant’s “Cubano Chant,” where he stretches out with a free hand. Bongos and drum set trade fours before Harvey Mason launches an extended solo. The session doesn’t place Mason out front, however, because of the intended quiet mood. Instead, the veteran drummer supports strongly with crisp articulation, light sticking, and swirling brushes.

The Latin element, while not overly applied, colors each arrangement with its rhythmic, dance-like quality. With a clear focus on mainstream jazz, Carter has produced another prize-winning album. His four originals pique the senses in different ways. Carter’s “Caminando” could easily represent the album’s title because of its somber mood and tranquil, quasi-tango transitions. His “Mi Tempo” is a provocative piece without piano. Walking bass alternates with lyrical melodic phrases as Carter nudges a Latin tinge along the way. Drum set and conga fills provide a spicy flavor.

In his interview with All About Jazz last year, Carter said, “...I like to create a rhythm that will make the band take a different direction.” Firmly in control throughout the session, the bassist makes all the right moves. Due out February 13th, When Skies Are Grey..., the bassist tops the new list for best of the year.


Track Listing: Loose Change, Besame Mucho, Caminando, Que Pasa, Corcovado, Cubano Chant, Mi Tiempo.

Personnel: Ron Carter: bass; Stephen Scott: piano; Harvey Mason: drums; Steve Kroon: percussion.

Title: When Skies Are Grey... | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Blue Note Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Way of It CD/LP/Track Review The Way of It
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Tag Book CD/LP/Track Review Tag Book
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Hide Ye Idols CD/LP/Track Review Hide Ye Idols
by Troy Collins
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Spavati, Mozda Sanjati CD/LP/Track Review Spavati, Mozda Sanjati
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn CD/LP/Track Review Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Queen City Blues CD/LP/Track Review Queen City Blues
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 18, 2017
Read "Onward" CD/LP/Track Review Onward
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 5, 2017
Read "Ignacio" CD/LP/Track Review Ignacio
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 16, 2016
Read "Unfiltered Universe" CD/LP/Track Review Unfiltered Universe
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 29, 2017
Read "Reclamation" CD/LP/Track Review Reclamation
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 18, 2017
Read "In The Past" CD/LP/Track Review In The Past
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 2, 2017
Read "Signal 9" CD/LP/Track Review Signal 9
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 22, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.

Please support out sponsor