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This Week's Video: Bassist and Cellist Ron Carter

Welcome to JazzErie's weekly video selection. Every Monday, we'll be including world-renowned players and regional musicians for you to explore and enjoy.

The first video is from CUNY Graduate Center great Jazz Legacies series, with author and critic Gary Giddins interviewing jazz legends about their life and music. Here he talks with Ron Carter, who has performed on more than 2,500 albums as a bassist, along with many recordings as a cellist.

His humility and directness reveal an elegance in his person. Gary's style make the hour and a quarter much more of a fascinating living room conversation than an "interview". And his selection of Ron's recordings give the viewer a true window into his music and musicianship.

His transition from classical to jazz was fascinating. While performing with the Rochester Symphony, he played with a house band that performed behind jazz "singles", major players who came through Rochester. This opened the door for him to join the greats in Manhattan.

While their goals are much different, this is directly reminiscent of the house band role Joe Dorris and Frank Singer have been undertaking in Erie for a number of years. I hope that they can continue this for a long time to come.

As a musician, I was particularly pleased to hear him talk about the notes he plays, taking the discussion beyond the typical reviewer chat. And to hear that he and Herbie Hancock created the entire album, -- in 2 and 1/2 hours makes me appreciate the difference between journeyman musicians and the stars.

If you are into sensitivity today, here's the Ron Carter Trio with Autumn Leaves


Or, if you prefer a bit more intensity here's Billy Cobham, Herbie Hancock, and Ron Carter,
 enjoying each other's company.




By David VanAmburg
June 27, 2011