Ron Carter turns 85 today

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 …

Published: 4 May 2022. Updated: 13 days.

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!

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Track of the day: Spiral Slow, Vega Trails

Friday sees the release of Portico Quartet bassist Milo Fitzpatrick's new project teaming up with Mammal Hands saxist Jordan Smart in Vega Trails with their record on Gondwana Tremors in the Static. We loved 'Epic Dream' previously featured on the …

Published: 4 May 2022. Updated: 13 days.

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Friday sees the release of Portico Quartet bassist Milo Fitzpatrick's new project teaming up with Mammal Hands saxist Jordan Smart in Vega Trails with their record on Gondwana Tremors in the Static. We loved 'Epic Dream' previously featured on the site and ditto 'Spiral Slow' where Fitzpatrick's woody bass sound steers a path that Smart navigates so emotively and which is streaming ahead of release. 'Love Your Grace' the other track streaming so far as a build up to the full album again is spaced around a knowing bass solo with gentle keys and an electronics mist that becomes a beautiful wash behind the solo lines. The project is far jazzier than Portico Quartet and a textbook exercise in less is more and is a breakthrough sound that deserves your time and repeated play.

Photo: Gondwana