Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes

Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes

by Dan Ouellette


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Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes by Dan Ouellette

Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s he performed throughout the United States in concert halls and nightclubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy.

At six feet, four inches, the bassist towers over the bandstand, no longer relegated to the back, in the shadows behind the frontline players. And in a historical shift of jazz bass playing, he's no longer just a timekeeper, a rhythm man, a sidekick to the spotlight artist-but an architect of the highest order, an impromptu composer even when he's not taking solos. Pliable yet powerful. The instigator. The catalyst. The shepherd. The finest walker in the history of jazz. The risk-taker with an elegant streak. Refined. The anchor of Miles Davis's classic 60s quintet. The most recorded jazz bassist of all time. National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. If he were a character in a novel, he would be the protagonist. That's Ron Carter, jazz legend, and Finding the Right Notes is his story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989982511
Publisher: Kmw Studio
Publication date: 11/15/2014
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword Nat Hentoff 3

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 The Grand Carnegie Jubilee 19

Part I The Early Years

Chapter 2 Early Years: Ferndale/Detroit 37

Snapshot: Carter Family Reunion, 2006 47

Chapter 3 Early Years: Ron at Cass Tech 50

Chapter 4 Eastman/Rochester: Hope and Deferral 57

Chapter 5 Early Years: New York City 74

Photo Gallery 1 89

Part II The Miles Years

Chapter 6 The Miles Years, Part 1: Beginnings 99

Chapter 7 The Miles Years, Part 2: The Legacy 108

Chapter 8 The Miles Years, Part 3: After the Breakup 133

Colloquy: Rudy Van Gelder on Ron Carter 147

Part III Recording as a Leader

Chapter 9 The CTI Years: The Reign of Creed 153

Chapter 10 Milestone Records: The House of Keepnews 167

Chapter 11 EMI: Somethin' Else/Blue Note 175

Photo Gallery 2 185

Part IV The Freelance Years

Chapter 12 Sideman: The Carter Effect-Comfort and Provocation 195

Snapshot: The Joey & Bill Show 213

Chapter 13 Jingles: A Different Kind of Session 218

Chapter 14 Film: Celluloid Jazz 222

Snapshot: The Tales of Christian McBride 231

Chapter 15 Brazil: Bass Undulation 242

Chapter 16 Classical Meets Jazz 252

Chapter 17 Pedagogical Ron: A Retired Schoolteacher, Working on Weekends 258

Snapshot: Sergio Larios on Pops 278

Photo Gallery 3 283

Part V Contemporary Ron

Chapter 18 The Art of Jazz Criticism 293

Chapter 19 The Ron Carter-Jim Hall Duo: Hugging Buddies 302

Chapter 20 The Striker Trio: Panning for Gold 315

Chapter 21 Quantum Quartets 327

Colloquy: Q&A-The Quartet Questions Ron 340

Chapter 22 The Nonet 347

Chapter 23 The Commingling of Jazz and Hip-Hop 356

Colloquy: Blindfold Test Live 363

Part VI The Art & Science of the Bass

Chapter 24 The Art of the Bass 377

Colloquy: Bass Roundtable 386

Part VII Appendices

Appendix 1 In Their Own Words: Anecdotes and Opinions 397

Appendix 2 Infrequently Asked Questions 409

Appendix 3 Selected Awards & Honors 413

Appendix 4 Selected Discography 415

Acknowledgments 426

Index 429

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