Ron Carter on his childhood, working with A Tribe Called Quest and his latest record Skyline
In a career that spans over five decades, Ron Carter has played jazz, classical, soul and hip-hop.
He’s won three Grammys. Ron’s worked with folks like Miles Davis, Alice Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel and A Tribe Called Quest.
Take his contributions on It’s Compared to What by Roberta Flack – the first song on her debut album First Take.
The bass in the song is catchy, funky, a little mesmerizing. It alternates between forefront and background, effortlessly. Carter played bass on the entire record, and it’s a masterclass in the instrument.
He’s appeared on thousands of recordings as a jazz bassist, and has the world records to prove it.
On Tuesday, May 10, he’ll celebrate his 85th birthday in style: with a tribute concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
He’ll take us back to when he first picked up an instrument, the cello; and how he eventually found the bass. We’ll also talk about the time he played bass for A Tribe Called Quest on Low End Theory – and how he gave them the business about their foul language.
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