Ron Carter's Great Big Band

Ron Carter's Great Big Band

by Ron Carter

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Overview

Ron Carter's Great Big Band

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2011
Label: Sunnyside
UPC: 0016728129329
catalogNumber: 1293
Rank: 120067

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   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
Juan Tizol   Composer
Randall Martin   Art Direction
Wendy MacDonald   Producer
Myles Carter   Artwork

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