Ron Carter: Seven Steps to Heaven


Seven Steps to Heaven


Ron Carter (bass)


Dear Miles (Blue Note 92547)

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Ron Carter (bass), Stephen Scott (piano), Payton Crossley (drums), Roger Squitero (percussion).

Composed by Victor Feldman and Miles Davis


Recorded: Avatar Studios, New York, February 18, 2006


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Victor Feldman's stint with Miles Davis was little more than a one-night stand (although his ballad accompaniment on "Summer Night" serves as lasting testimony to their chemistry). Feldman preferred the security of studio work (bad decision) to the Davis school of jazz, but he left behind his most famous composition, "Seven Steps to Heaven." When Miles recorded it with his new band -- some fellas named Herbie, Ron and Tony -- he made jazz history. Forty-three years later, Ron Carter leads a new generation of jazz players on this proven seven-step program. Hot band and a smartly played arrangement full of surprises. The call-and-response between hard swing and Latin percussion is especially effective. Listeners should compare with the original version from the Age of Camelot to get the full effect.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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