Ron Carter (with Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams): Lawra




Ron Carter (featuring Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams)


Third Plane (OJCCD-75 / Milestone M-9105 )

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Ron Carter (bass), Herbie Hancock (piano), Tony Williams (drums).

Composed by Tony Williams


Recorded: The Automatt Recording Studios, San Francisco, CA, July 13, 1977


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

You could hardly imagine a simpler composition -- a repeated two-note figure, with a syncopated displace- ment in bar five. And then you do it again . . . and again . . . and again. But this world-beating trio takes an easy game and brings it to exciting new places, like Fischer and Spassky playing tiddlywinks for mastery of the universe. Tony Williams wrote the piece, and seems to be having a blast on the drums. Ron Carter (leader of this session for the Milestone label) is a delight with his basslines, which bend and amble and strut like a gymnast on the balancing bar. But he is also the supreme accompanist, and even when he pushes the limit of what constitutes a "walking line" he still is perfectly in sync with Hancock and Williams. One of the finest trio dates of the era.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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