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Bass Doc With Ron Carter and Dave Holland Raising Money on Kickstarter

Director Nick Wells' documentary film Walking the Changes has been in production for two years

Ron Carter at the Newport Jazz Festival, August 3, 2019
Ron Carter at the Newport Jazz Festival, August 3, 2019 (photo: Joseph Allen)

A documentary that examines the evolution of the double bass in jazz, titled Walking the Changes: Legends of Double Bass in Jazz, is raising money on Kickstarter.

The film, which is directed by Nick Wells and has already been two years in the works, will be completed either way, but the Kickstarter campaign is intended to help expedite that process. (That’s why the fundraising goal is a mere $1.) 

Wells currently has 25 hours of footage and needs funds to help whittle it down. Up until now, the film has been self-funded, according to its Kickstarter page. 

Donations will help support equipment costs, post-production, graphics, animation, sound design, and delivery to digital platforms, among other things. 

The documentary will feature interviews with—and performances by—such bass luminaries as Dave Holland, Larry Grenadier, Ron Carter, Avishai Cohen, Chris Minh Doky, Liran Donin, Stanley Clarke, Steve Rodby, Phil Palombi, Lars Danielsson, John Patitucci, Christian McBride, Jon Thorne, Jasper Hoiby, and more. As of this writing, there are 20 days to go in the campaign, which has 81 backers and has raised $2,582.