One of the most famous jazz double bass players, started his career at the age of twenty.
In the 60-ties he worked with such remarkable representatives of the contemporary jazz scene as Eric Dolphy, Don Ellis, Cannonball Adderley, Mal Waldron and Thelonious Monk. Between 1963 - 1968, together with Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams, he was a part of a famous rhythm section of Miles Davis. He became one of the most wanted session musicians and has recorded several hundreds of albums. As he played with Davis and after that, he performed and Kevin Eubanks recorded with such artists as George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, New York Jazz Sextet / Quartet, Sonny Rollins, V.S.O.P. (Carter, Hancock, Williams, Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard), McCoy Tyner and Milestone All Stars.
From time to time he was also a leader of his own bands and recorded with them. He was just as busy in the 80-ties as a frequent musical partner of Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Jim Hall and George Duke, among others. At the same time he went on a tour in the U.S. with his friends from the quintet of Davis - without Shorter and Hubbard this time but with Wynton Marsalis. He was named the best Bass Player of the Decade by Detroit News Magazine, Bass Player of the Year by the Downbeat Magazine and the Most Valuable Musician by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 1993 he received a Grammy Award for the Best Instrumental Jazz Band for The Miles Davis Tribute Band, and in 1998 another one for Call Sheet Blues - a tune for the soundtrtitled Round Midnight.
Carter is one of the most outstanding double bass players in the history of jazz. He possesses an amazing technique which he does not abuse, focusing mostly on his part in the rhythm seccion where he plays with a precise sense of rhythm. He is a dream accompanist of all singers: he recorded albums with Aretha Franklin and other famous jazz singers and his duo with Helen Merrill in My Funny Valentine from 1968 has been an object of analysis of young double bass players for over 30 years now. His solo in his own Third Plane has a similar touch of perfection. Yet, the biggest strength of Carter is in his section playing and that is why his classic recordings with Davis where the section had so much to say are a testimony of his unrivalled mastery
Based on Dionizy Piątkowski | Encyclopedia of Popular Music - Jazz
Ron Carter, who earned most recognition - wrongly, in a way -by playing with the famous quintet of Miles Davis has remained a gre in the world of jazz for so many years that it’s hard to imagine that there exists any jazz lover who is unaware of Carter’s contribution to the evolution of double bass music and the development of jazz.
Franz A. Matzner | allaboutjazz.com