Jazz bassist Ron Carter recalls when Miles Davis asked him to join his band and the surprisingly ambivalent response he gave.
As part of the Jazz Legacies series, the Graduate Center's Gary Giddins, acclaimed critic and author, speaks with jazz legends about their life and work.
This year's series begins with a conversation featuring bassist and cellist Ron Carter. Carter's appearances on over 2,500 albums make him one of the most-recorded bassists in jazz history. Carter is also an acclaimed cellist and has recorded numerous times on that instrument. - City University of New York
Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s he performed throughout the United States in concert halls and nightclubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy. He later toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the classic and acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet. He was named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by Downbeat magazine, and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.