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May the 4th be with Ron Carter / WBGO

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Ron Carter, one of the greatest bassists in jazz history, turns 80 today. WBGO is celebrating by playing his music on the air throughout the day, and there's certainly no shortage to choose from. But given that today also happens to be International Star Wars Day, it seems only appropriate to shout out a curio in his discography: Empire Jazz, released in 1980 on the RSO label. How much of an anomaly was this album in Carter's career? Put it this way: I had never heard of it until this morning, when I posted another jazz story for Star Wars Day, and had a friendly exchange on Twitter with Zachary, a sci-fi connoisseur who runs a blog called Doomsdayer. He wondered why I didn't plug Empire Jazz, being that today was Carter's birthday. I had no idea what he was talking about, but then he posted this.

Happy 80th to Ron Carter: Bass Hero, NEA Jazz Master - and the Force Behind 'Empire Jazz'  

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