Ron Carter: Brandenburg Concerto

Ron Carter: Brandenburg Concerto

by Ron Carter



The distinguished jazz bassist's third "classical" album on jazz's Blue Note label is one of those exercises best heard as a one-off bit of live fun in the artist's living room. The title track finds a string orchestra led by Kermit Moore performing a perfectly straight, if not terribly neat, run-through of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, with Carter playing a bass continuo above (rather than below) the group, as well as soloing in spotlit passages. The jazz solos grate uncomfortably against the metrical classical strings; it sounds superimposed, forced, and ultimately pointless. The "Aria" from Grieg's Holberg Suite and Handel's "Largo" from Xerxes are also fairly straightforward from a classical point of view -- and not well played at that. However, the straight portions of Ravel's "Pavanne pour une Infante Defunt" and Bartók's "Joc cu Bata" are interspersed with more comfortable, swinging passages for jazz trio. Carter's own "Desert Winds" for himself and cello quartet is actually the most successful work on the program; the Bartók-influenced classical and jazz elements are better integrated, and one doesn't have any classical originals buzzing around in one's head as a reference point.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/14/1997
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724385455926
catalogNumber: 54559

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ron Carter   Primary Artist,Bass,Piccolo Bass
Sanford Allen   Violin,Concert Master
Julien Barber   Viola
Robert Chausow   Violin
Winterton Garvey   Violin
Rebekah Johnson   Violin
Jesse Levine   Viola
Charles Libove   Violin
Leon Maleson   Contrabass (Vocal)
Kermit Moore   Conductor
Maxine Neuman   Cello
John Pintavalle   Violin
Dale Stuckenbruck   Violin
Mary Whitaker   Violin
Carol Buck   Cello
Marisol Espada   Cello
Caryl Paisner   Cello

Technical Credits

Ron Carter   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jim Anderson   Engineer
Kermit Moore   Liner Notes
Hitoshi Namekata   Executive Producer
Akemi Yokobori   translation
Jim Anderson   Engineer

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