Ron Carter

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About Ron Carter

The epitome of class and elegance without the stuffiness, Ron Carter is a world-class bassist and a jazz icon. Famously a member of Miles Davis' second great quintet of the '60s, he has played on classic albums by Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, and others. The winner of three Grammy Awards, including for the song "Call Sheet Blues" from the 1987 film 'Round Midnight, he has released his own eclectic albums like 1978's A Song for You with four cellos, 1995's Mr. Bow-Tie, and 2011's Ron Carter's Great Big Band. He has also joined other musicians on duet and trio recordings, including a classic 1972 session with Jim Hall, Alone Together, and 2016's The Purity of Turf with Ethan Iverson. Active well into his eighties, Carter leads his quartet with pianist Renee Rosnes, as on Foursight: The Complete Stockholm Tapes and the 2022 documentary soundtrack Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes.

Ferndale, MI, United States
May 4, 1937
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