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Ron Carter - Jazz, My Romance (1994)

Album review by Scott Yanow
As with virtually all of Ron Carter's recordings as a leader, this CD is primarily a showcase for his bass solos. The unusual combination of musicians (a trio with guitarist Herb Ellis and pianist Kenny Barron) really does not live up to its potential. There are some short spots for Ellis and Barron but their roles are mostly in support of the bassist.

Some of the selections (particularly "Sweet Lorraine" and the bassist's original "For Toddlers Only") do have their memorable moments but none of the songs are taken at faster than a medium tempo. Since bass solos (as with most drum showcases) often lose a lot when transferred to record (as opposed to being seen live), this CD is recommended mostly to Ron Carter completists.

01. Blues for D.P. (10:01)
02. My Romance (7:18)
03. Airegin (6:39)
04. Quiet Times (4:56)
05. Summertime (8:22)
06. I Fall in Love Too Easily (6:21)
07. For Toddlers Only (4:37)
08. Sweet Lorraine (5:43)
Track #02 - My Romance (preview)
Ron Carter - bass
Herb Ellis - guitar
Kenny Barron - piano
Track #05 - Summertime (preview)
Additional Info:
Produced by Ron Carter for RETRAC PRODUCTIONS, INC.
Executive Producer: Hitoshi Namekata
Production Associate: Yoshiko Tsuge
Musical Assistant: Ray Gallon
Recording and Mixing Engineer: James Anderson
Assistant Engineer: Jonathan Mooney
Recorded at Clinton Studios, NYC; on January 4 & 5, 1994
Mastering Engineer: Yoshio Okazaki
Cover Photography: Kunihiro Takuma
Innersleeve Photography: William Claxton
Art Direction: Kaoru Taku

Genre: Hard-Bop / Post-Bop
Label: Somethin' Else / TOSHIBA-EMI / Blue Note
Year: 1994
Catalog#: CDP 7243 8 30492 2 6

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