Turning 85 today Ron Carter, as a member of the second great Miles Davis quintet in the 1960s, Ron Carter has long since earned his place in jazz history and continues to make it. He's still a force of nature. Check out his recent Grammy-winning album Skyline with Jack DeJohnette and Gonzala Rubalcaba if further proof is at all necessary. Back when he was a mere 71-year-old was the last time this blog managed to hear him live, an appearance at Ronnie Scott's in 2009. And it was clear that night how he had immersed himself in the most sophisticated and demanding of pursuits – getting inside the song, reinventing the song and pursuing its reinvention relentlessly. Many happy returns!