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Ron Carter: The Golden Striker

Ron Carter has been one of the dominant bassists in jazz for over 40 years, and he has played on more than 1,000 recordings. As a bulwark of countless great rhythm sections (“Checkpoint Charlie,” they called him in Miles Davis’ second great quintet), Carter’s presence has always been announced by the molten fluidity of his rhythmic and harmonic foundations.

Carter’s stature has enabled him to sustain a career as a leader of his own ensembles, and there has been enormous instrumental and stylistic variety to the bassist’s projects, from duos to big bands, from Latin to third stream. But while he almost always employs world-class players, Carter’s own albums have rarely been important. They have never approached the impact of all the great recordings he has made as a sideman with artists like Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Eric Dolphy.

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