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In Ron Carter's spacious 10th-floor apartment on New York's Upper West Side, there's a plaque hanging in a prominent spot on the back wall of his bedroom. It's from Guinness World Records, and it certifies that he's the most recorded jazz bassist in history, with 2,221 individual recording credits to his name.

The certificate was issued in September of 2015, so it's already well out of date. Carter's The Golden Striker Trio in San Sebastian, Ethan Iverson's The Purity of the Turf and Chemistry, the fifth in an occasional series of duet dates with Houston Person, are just three of the recent albums not covered by Guinness' plaque. Which only goes to show that, at 80, Carter continues to be valued in the studio for his know-how, adaptability and authoritative upright tone.

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