Legendary Jazz Bassist Ron Carter Talks About Music, Recording, and Hi-Fi

January 2, 2018 - Finding Carter

I’m sitting subsequent to Ron Carter in a listening room during Manhattan play Audioarts (footnote), perplexing not to cry. We’re listening to “All Blues,” a pretension lane from Carter’s 1974 CTI release—a pondering delivery of a Miles Davis masterpiece that has been slowed-down and elongated in such a approach that it most pulls tears from eyes as simply as Carter pulls notes. It’s tough to trust that anyone other than Carter has ever overwhelmed this piece. Right now, it belongs wholly to him. The complement by that we listen is doing a excellent pursuit of articulating Carter’s graphic multiple of purpose and passion. To report his opening as small sorcery would be an insult to his craft, nonetheless to concentration too heavily on his fortify would be an misapplication to his art.

Ron Carter is tall, handsome, and clean-cut in a tweed fit that seems to heat copper. The male is 80 years old, though if we told me he was 60, I’d gamble younger. He speaks softly, though his voice resounds. When he gives we his attention, we feel alive—lit from within—and when he turns away, we crave more.

When a LP ends, we hardly conduct to clear my gratitude, my awe.

“Sitting here,” we begin, “next to you, Mr. Carter, listening to your song by this system—” Holding behind tears, we onslaught to find a words. “It’s— it’s—”

“Otherworldly,” Carter says, anticipating only a right note.

Before we listened to his music, Ron Carter spoke on camera to Audioarts’ Gideon Schwartz and me about music, recording, and hi-fi:

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