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Despite turning eighty-one this year, Ron Carter is still the supreme voice of the double bass. Experts call him the Lope de Vega of recordings, and quite rightly so, as his more than five hundred studio sessions make him one of the most prolific musicians in the history of jazz.
His professional career was launched at the age of eighteen and includes its fair share of periods. Nonetheless, if it’s a question of summarising the most substantial ones, we ought to remember that he was part of a dream team rhythm section: the one that accompanied Miles Davis between 1963 and 1968 in a quintet formed by Davis, Carter, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams and finally, Wayne Shorter. Another highlight would be the mid-seventies reconstitution of this band, with Freddie Hubbard replacing Miles, and yet another was when he joined Sonny Rollins’s quartet in 1978.
After last year’s performance at the Fernán Gómez Theatre, he is now visiting the Clamores Jazz Club to once again present to us his heightened lyrical register, with all its expressive strength and its exquisite subtleties. Little does it matter what instrumental format he’ll bring with him; in his hands, any performance will always be brand new, even if all he does is recreate a standard.