Ron Carter: Stella by Starlight


Stella by Starlight


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 Young


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


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

This is all bass, from beginning to end. Carter takes the melody, stretches out for a lengthy solo and handles the restatement at the conclusion, with only the most gentle support from the rest of the band. Carter plays with surprising restraint, leaving behind the bends and slides and tonal distortions that are his typical calling cards. Instead he hits these notes dead on in the center, and plays with a warmth and melodicism that you might associate with, for example, Charlie Haden or Ray Brown. A beautiful performance that artfully displays the lyrical side of this premier musician.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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