Thursday, May 04, 2023

Ron Carter’s 86th birthday and the three times I have seen him live

Today is bassist Ron Carter's 86th birthday (which makes him ten days younger than my mother). He was in the extraordinary mid-sixties Miles Davis Quintet with saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, and drummer Tony Williams. Though never with any of those musicians, I've seen him live in three memorably concerts, all in Basel: first with guitarist Russell Malone and the late pianist Mulgrew Miller in March 2007 (when Carter was a spry 69); then in March 2017 with accordionist Richard Galliano; and finally in November 2019 with his quartet with pianist Renee Rosnes, alto saxophonist Jimmy Greene, and drummer Payton Crossley, as well as special guest Franco Ambrosetti on trumpet. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 4 May 2023)

PS: I wrote this after that first concert in 2007.

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