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The Great Ron Carter at Catalina Bar and Grill

by on Dec.26, 2004, under News


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Ron Carter is looking

and sounding marvelous! If there ever was a player whose bass spoke the

most lyrical phrases, it is Mr. Carter. A very nice crowd for the

second set here at Catalinas Bar and Grill.


Tonight is all about conversations. Stephen Scott is flowing on

piano and the band is playing the most soulful music. Ron, the

legend, the master, the innovator and the inspiration for many

a bass player, is in top form. He takes the audience

through a range of emotions from the funny to the lovely in

60 seconds. The music melds together so seamlessly that if

you are not paying close attention, you won’t know that

another tune has just begun.


As I sat back and watched Mr. Carter, I imagined the

relationship that he has with his instrument. He plays

her with such love and I also envisioned the ups, downs the

travels and the entire journey that they have taken together.

That road has lead them here tonight. If you take this

moment in time and look back, the path to now is

paved with genius, honor, dedication and mastery.


It is fun to witness some of the comradery that Ron has with

his fellow musicians musically and personally. The transitions

are amazing as well as the cognitive synchronicity.


 Sometimes when legends have been playing for so long, each

 performance can just be another gig. Not so for Ron. His

 energy and soul are still immersed in the creativity of the

 music. They even mixed in some Christmas licks in the mix!


The intonation is crystal clear and so is the choice to check

out, on your next occasion, The Ron Carter Quartet!


LeRoy Downs

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