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The History of Ron Carter… 85 Years of Excellence (and Counting!)

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Ron Carter - Bass Musician Magazine - Jul 2021

The History of Ron Carter…

Mr. Carter is preparing to celebrate his illustrious ongoing career on May 10, 2022, at Carnegie Hall. Featuring performances by Carter-led groups in three combinations, NBC newscaster Lester Holt serving as emcee, and appearances from fellow artists Stanley Clarke, Buster Williams, and additional guests TBA, the night will uplift Carter’s continuous work

The History of Ron Carter… Bass Musician has been thrilled to cover Ron Carter over the years. He was most recently on our July 2021 cover, previously having graced the cover during our very early years of publication! Between that time, we have had the opportunity to share news of Mr. Carter, which we hope to continue for many years to come.

This history of Ron Carter was shared by his team…

Ron Carter is Jazz’s most prolific and widely known bassist in history – with over 2,100 recordings and counting, he’s even earned the Guinness World Record for Most Recorded Jazz Bassist in History to show for it. From the crystalline jazz of Miles Davis and Alice Coltrane, the rich soul of Aretha Franklin and Roberta Flack, to the artistic rap of Tribe Called Quest and more, Ron Carter has influenced eras of musical greats across countless genres. 

It’s challenging to sum up such a legend’s decades-long career, but the following highlights provide an adequate sample of Carter’s contributions to musical history. 

1950’s

  • At the very end of the decade, a 22-year old Ron Carter hit the scene alongside Chico Hamilton
  • …before kickin’ out freelance work alongside Jaki Byard, Cannonball Adderley, Randy Weston, Bobby Timmons, and Thelonious Monk.

1960’s

  • Did you know the venerable bassist is also a master of the cello? Check out Eric Dolphy’s Out There, featuring George Duvivier on bass, Roy Haynes on drums, and Carter on cello. 
  • In addition to his first records as a band leader, the 60s introduced Carter as a member of the second Miles Davis Quintet (alongside Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and drummer Tony Williams).

1970’s

  • Carter became a mainstay of CTI Records, pursuing solo work and partnering with countless notable musicians, including Joe Henderson, Chet Baker, Houston Person, Hank Jones, Gabor Szabo and Cedar Walton and joining the New York Jazz Quartet.
  • A long time lover of Brazilian music, the 70s saw Ron joining forces with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Airto Moreira, Hermeto Pascoal, and many more. 

1980’s

  • Ron Carter joins the lexicon of Rock and Roll, playing double bass on “Big Man on Mulberry Street” on Billy Joel’s album The Bridge.
  • In 1987, Carter won his first GRAMMY for his composition in the film Round Midnight…

1990’s

  • … and in 1994, he won his second GRAMMY for Best Jazz Instrumental Group in a tribute album to Miles Davis.
  • Carter makes his mark on Hip Hop, underscoring the political nature of a Tribe Called Quest’s seminal Low End Theory, with Q-Tip dubbing him as “one of the premier bassists of the century.”

2000’s

  • Throughout the 2000’s, Carter releases a host of solo records in addition to recording alongside Houston Person, Gerry Allen, Benny Golson, and many more.

2010’s

  • Hello, Hall of Famer! In 2012, Ron Carter was rightfully elected to the DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame.

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

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Bassist Ciara Moser…

Ciara and I sat down for this interview a few months after the launch of her debut album, “Blind. So what?”

Blind since birth, she is a powerhouse of talent; she is not only a professional bassist, but also composes music, and is a producer and educator. I am just blown away by her talent and perseverance.

Join me as we hear about Ciara’s musical journey, the details of her album, how she gets her sound, and her plans for the future.

Visit online:

www.ciara-moser.com 
IG @ moserciara
FB @ ciara.moser

Photos by Manuela Haeussler

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Interview With Bassist Travis Book

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Interview With Bassist Travis Book…

Bluegrass music has had a very solid following over many years and I am always happy to hear from one of the pioneers in that genre.

Travis Book plays bass for the Grammy award-winning band “The Infamous Stringdusters” and has recently released his first solo album “Love and Other Strange Emotions”. As if he wasn’t busy enough, Travis also hosts a podcast, Plays a Jerry Garcia music show with Guitarist Andy Falco, and is constantly gigging locally in his neck of the woods.

Photo, Seyl Park

Visit Online:

www.thetravisbook.com
www.thestringdusters.com
FB @ TheTravisBook
IG @ travisbook

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Interview with Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Interview with Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Malcolm-Jamal Warner…

I am pretty sure that everyone is aware of Malcom-Jamal Warner’s work as an actor. What may be less known is his work as a director, poet, musician, and most importantly for us, a bass player. With four albums of his own, Grammy nominations and wins, as well as a sizable amount of ongoing live gigs, Malcolm is dedicating a serious amount of his attention to his music.

Join me as we hear about Malcom’s musical journey, projects, his gear choices, and plans for the future.

Here is Malcom-Jamal Warner!

Photos: Dwain Govan @dwain_go / Conrad Montgomery Mckethan @eyeconimages

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malcolmjamalwarner.com
IG @malcolmjamalwar
Twitter @malcolmjamalwar 
Facebook: Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Interview With The Labex Funk Project

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Interview With The Labex Funk Project…

Time really flies when you are having fun! Just over a decade ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Michel “Labex” Labaki for our July 2013 cover.

At that time, much of our conversation concerned his personal approach to bass playing and his techniques. Fast forward to now and I am pleased to discover Michel’s new endeavor, the Labex Funk Project.

Join me as we meet the band:
Kynion Lanier on vocals
Pablo Batista on percussion
Jake Brightman on Guitar
Daniel Gonzalez on Drums
And Michel “Labex”Labaki on bass

As a bonus, we have the band’s producer Phillippe Dib in on this video chat as well.

Here is the Labex Funk Project!

Visit online:

michellabaki.com
www.facebook.com/MichelLabexLabaki/
www.instagram.com/michellabaki
www.youtube.com/c/MichelLabaki
FB @LabexFunkProject
IG @ Labex Funk Project

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Interview With Bassist Tony Newton

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Bassist Tony Newton…

I am always learning new details about Bass history when I get the opportunity to talk with seasoned players like Tony Newton. Tony, a Detroit native, came up in the golden years of Motown and laid down the low end for countless performers and studio sessions; he has performed on over 25 gold and platinum hit recordings.

As time went by, and the whole Detroit scene dwindled, Tony relocated to LA where he worked a busy schedule, even going back to school to learn about music theory and composition.

Over the years he performed on many historic hit recordings and tours with Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson(music Director), the Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Funk Brothers and more, as well as working with veteran rock guitarist, Gary Moore in the British group G-Force.

Presently, Tony is super busy and on the verge of releasing a movie titled “Mars Quest” among his numerous other projects.

Join me as we get to enjoy all the history and knowledge that Tony has to share along with the details about his new Signature bass from BITE Guitars named “The  Punchtown Bass”.

Here is Tony Newton…

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tonynewtonmusic.com/
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YTB @ antoniotonynewtonmusic

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