Ron Carter: A Half Century of Bass Note Bounty

November 2, 2010 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

Jazz master Ron Carter gained national recognition in the 1960s as a member of the Miles Davis quintet. But it’s the breadth of his work — with scores of top artists — and his appearances on over 2,500 albums that have made him one of the most-recorded bass players in history. Some writers only ask about the five years with Miles (1964-68), and “I guess I’m stuck with that” connection, Carter told music critic Gary Giddins, in a conversation at the Graduate Center, but “I’ve made some great records, with some great artists.” In speaking of his 50-year career, Carter, who taught music at City College for nearly two decades, said he moved to the city from Detroit when he was a young musician because, “In New York, race didn’t matter — if you played good enough, you could find work.”
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