Ron Carter's Great Big Band

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Ron Carter is one of the most recorded bassists in jazz. In his mid-seventies at the time of these sessions, he is very much still at the top of his game as he leads the first big-band date of his own, with potent arrangements by conductor Robert M. Freedman and including some of New York's busiest musicians, including Jerry Dodgion, Steve Wilson, Wayne Escoffery, and Scott Robinson in the woodwind section, brass players Steve Davis, Douglas Purviance, and Greg Gisbert, plus pianist Mulgrew Miller and drummer Lewis Nash, among others. Freedman's charts are short and sweet, all of them under five minutes, with much of the focus on imaginative writing and Carter's melodic bass...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Ron Carter is one of the most recorded bassists in jazz. In his mid-seventies at the time of these sessions, he is very much still at the top of his game as he leads the first big-band date of his own, with potent arrangements by conductor Robert M. Freedman and including some of New York's busiest musicians, including Jerry Dodgion, Steve Wilson, Wayne Escoffery, and Scott Robinson in the woodwind section, brass players Steve Davis, Douglas Purviance, and Greg Gisbert, plus pianist Mulgrew Miller and drummer Lewis Nash, among others. Freedman's charts are short and sweet, all of them under five minutes, with much of the focus on imaginative writing and Carter's melodic bass central in the mix. The material spans from the 1920s to the present, played with imagination. The opening "Caravan" is taken far from its roots, transformed into a breezy bop vehicle, even slipping in a dissonant snippet of "Hot House." The setting of Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma" retains its Latin flavor, with a lush introduction by the brass and reeds and strong solos by Miller and Carter. Carter's inventive bass provides the undercurrent for the brisk interpretation of Wayne Shorter's marvelous jazz standard "Footprints," while the upbeat performance of Gerry Mulligan's "Line for Lyons" would have pleased its composer. Carter has long been a prolific composer, and his "Loose Change" is a funky affair with marvelous interplay among the brass and reeds, while "Opus 1.5 (Theme for C.B.)" is mellow and somber, with Charles Pillow's mellow English horn prominent and an intricate solo by Carter. With this delightful big-band date, the veteran bassist continues to surprise and delight listeners during a career spanning five-plus decades.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • Label: Sunnyside Communicat
  • UPC: 016728129329
  • Catalog Number: 1293
  • Sales rank: 125,091

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Caravan (3:42)
  2. 2 The Eternal Triangle (3:04)
  3. 3 Pork Chop (3:47)
  4. 4 Opus 1.5 (Theme For C.B.) (3:42)
  5. 5 Con Alma (4:29)
  6. 6 Sail Away (4:23)
  7. 7 Opus One (3:33)
  8. 8 Sweet Emma (5:19)
  9. 9 St. Louis Blues (4:33)
  10. 10 Line For Lyons (3:36)
  11. 11 Footprints (4:54)
  12. 12 The Golden Striker (3:59)
  13. 13 Loose Change (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ron Carter Primary Artist, Bass, Soloist
Scott Robinson Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Steve Wilson Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Lewis Nash Drums
Jay Brandford Baritone Saxophone, Soloist
Steve Davis Trombone, Soloist
Greg Gisbert Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Tony Kadleck Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Mulgrew Miller Piano, Soloist
Douglas Purviance Bass Trombone, Soloist
Jon Owens Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Charles Pillow English Horn, Soloist
Alex Norris Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Jason Jackson Trombone, Soloist
Wayne Escoffery Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Jerry Dodgion Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Soloist
James Burton III Trombone, Soloist
Technical Credits
Nat Adderley Composer
Ron Carter Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
John Lewis Composer
Gerry Mulligan Composer
Wayne Shorter Composer
Sonny Stitt Composer
Sy Oliver Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Jim Anderson Engineer
Duke Ellington Composer
Robert Freedman Arranger, Composer, Music Direction
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Tom Harrell Composer
Alan Silverman Mastering
Juan Tizol Composer
Randall Martin Art Direction
Wendy MacDonald Producer
Myles Carter Artwork
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