I had the distinct pleasure of hearing the distinguished jazz bassist Ron Carter on piccolo bass last night at New York’s venerable Birdland jazz club in his twice-yearly appearance with his nonet. The dapper Mr. Carter, elegant in an immaculately tailored suit, cut an commanding figure as he led his gifted nine-member string ensemble of classically trained musicians, through an inspired set of his eclectic arrangements.
The Nonet’s 1989 recording (their first) Eight Plus, was reissued in 2003. An interview that year with bassplayer.com provides an interesting primer on this legendary musician and the complexities of working and traveling with a nonet.
photo: Dino Perrucci
Though his prolific body of work may hint at his age, the septuagenarian appears to be at least 20 years younger. A guest of his longtime love, Quintell Williams, I was absolutely charmed by his gentlemanly manner. Ah yes, chivalry does live.
Ron and Quintell
photo: Brent Jenkins