Houston Person & Ron Carter: Remember Love (HighNote, 2018)
The frequencies from about middle C (262 Hz) on down are the toughest parts of music to reproduce, because they make speakers, headphones, and rooms resonate and buzz like crazy. The result is that some notes boom while others practically disappear. Although Remember Love was recorded at the famously lush-sounding Van Gelder Studio, this is one of the most intimate-sounding recordings of double bass I’ve heard; Carter sounds like he’s playing four feet in front of you. As he runs up and down the neck (especially on “Gentle Rain”), he covers practically every note in the instrument’s range, so if your system has a weak spot in the bass register, he’ll let you know.