Stories » A conversation with the most recorded jazz bassist / Detroit Metro Times

Top 10 for Jun

A conversation with the most recorded jazz bassist / Detroit Metro Times

Bookmark and Share

Thanks to Detroit Jazz Festival, metro Detroiters are fortunate enough for the opportunity to see renowned double bassist Ron Carter perform four times in four different settings over Labor Day weekend. This year, the festival has an even more concentrated focus on honoring Detroit natives. Carter, who was born in Ferndale, later moved to Detroit, and eventually graduated from Cass Technical High School, is not only the perfect candidate to be showcased by the Homecoming Series, but also a thoroughly apt choice for this year's artist-in-residence.

Carter's discography as stated leader is almost as varied as his entire catalog; early releases like 1969's Uptown Conversation showcase his inventive original compositions, while 1973's Blues Farm features his experimentation with stringing the bass in a higher, or piccolo, tuning (in fact, Carter is cited as one of the inventors of the piccolo bass). More recently, in 2011, he led Ron Carter's Great Big Band, featuring a 17-piece ensemble, new to his recorded repertoire at the time, and now one of the four performances Jazz Fest audiences can witness this year.   

READ THE FULL Detroit Metro Times ARTICLE