May 4th marks Maestro Carter’s 86th birthday. I’m delighted to see Ron is mobile again after having back problems for sometime. I’m even happier to see that Ron will be finally appearing at Dazzle in Denver, some 3-years after I originally had tickets.
I’ve written many times about Ron, including a number of mixes. This year I have two reference pieces that Ron is involved in. 1. A BBC Jazz library audio interview from 2010; 2. A Jazzwoche Burghausen from 2006. I have to admit, it does seem odd year after year writing about Maestro’s birthday by using his own performances. That said, if anyone from Ron’s team does read this, I’d be quite happy to send my original copy of the CD-i game “The Dark Fables of Aesop” that features Maestro’s music if you don’t have a copy in his archive. #roncarterbass
The BBC Jazz Library
Not so much a traditional library, it was a nationally broadcast radio program on BBC Radio 3 to help listeners build their own jazz library. Presented by Alyn Shipton http://www.alynshipton.co.uk/about/, an award-winning author, musician and broadcaster, who wrote on jazz for over twenty years for The Times in London, and a presenter/producer of jazz programmes for BBC Radio. Generally the show recordings are not available outside the UK, the following is courtesy the BBC Sounds archive.
The show features Shipton interviewing, and playing samples of Ron Carter’s music. The show was originally broadcast on BBC radio 3 on April 17th, 2010 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/1PkG436HnD62qxrBGJf7Y2G/alyn-shipton. You can still hear Alyn live on Radio 3 on his “Jazz Record Request” shows https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tnn9/episodes/player.
Jazz Burghausen – Jazzwoche Burghausen 2006
The International Jazz Week at Burghausen in Germany https://www.visit-burghausen.com/en/international-jazz-week is legend. If you have not heard of it, you should. The bad news is you’ve missed the 2023 event, which was in March from the 21st until the 26th. Ron has appeared their numerous times, most recently as far as I’m aware in 2016, when he appeared with Richard Galliano and the WDR Big Band.
There are number of copies of this video available online, especially on youtube. As streamed here it is available courtesy of the Internet Archive, and runs without adverts. For those without high speed internet it can also be downloaded. The trio is Ron Carter, Russell Malone (Guitar), Jacky Terrasson (Piano).
As a reminder, there is a copy of one track from the CD-i game “The Dark Fables of Aesop” in last years birthday post. It also contains links to many other Ron Carter related posts, you can also use this link.