A great bassist is like a great catcher, essential and often overlooked. Whether they know it or not, everyone has heard Ron Carter. It might be with the second great Miles Davis Quintet, or on A Tribe Called Quest’s groundbreaking crossover opus, The Low End Theory. Everyone else has heard him on Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly.” He’s been on about 2,500 others. In 2011, he released Ron Carter’s Great Big Band, the group’s debut album. Updated arrangements of standards by the Dorsey Brothers, Ellington, and Dizzy Gillespie meet more modern fare from old Carter collaborators Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard.
Aug. 26-31, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 27, 2014