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Ron Carter Nonet

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Ron Carter Nonet
www.roncarter.net
Ron Carter on Piccolo Bass, Stephen Scott on Piano, Payton Crossley on Drums, Steve Kroon on Percussion,
Leon "Boots" Maleson on Double Bass
Kermit Moore, Zoe Hassman, Carol Buch, and Dorothy Lawson on Celli
At
Birdland
315 West 44th Street, NYC
212.581.3080
www.birdlandjazz.com
Gianni Valenti, Owner
Andy Kaufman, Business Manager
Tarik Osman, Manager

(See May 30, 2003 Ron Carter Review)

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
December 19, 2003

The Ron Carter Nonet is a fascinating ensemble of classically trained, jazz musicians, who play Mr. Carterís superb arrangements, such as the first piece in tonightís first set that began as chamber music and swiftly turned to Rhumba, then Samba, then a fusion of Jazz, Brazilian, and hints of chamber music. Dynamism built with Stephen Scottís powerful keyboard interpretations. The second piece, more contemporary in motif, began with a decidedly jazzy series of passages, with a soft bass lead, followed by full cello accompaniment and pulsating piano chords. Soon we heard a bass duet, with Mr. Carterís piccolo bass alternating with Boots Malesonís double bass, with the higher and deeper bass tones creating some of the most interesting tonal dualities Iíve ever heard. This was a rich, royal sound, and the four cellists added lovely enhancements and creative color. Another piece, with a sassy Swing beat, moved to a slower and steady theme, followed by a classical fusion with the cellists lending inspirational and exquisite elements.

Contemporary Jazz followed Swing, as Mr. Carter took the lead on his velvet-covered piccolo bass. I even heard an American prairie theme in this set, with a tiny infusion of Three Blind Mice. The sold-out, enraptured audience was quite appreciative, and, in the final piece, Kermit Moore took the cello lead with a fusion of Baroque and Jazz. I recommend checking The Ron Carter Nonetís upcoming schedule for future engagements, especially at Birdland, as well as Ron Carterís CDís. This is Jazz at its finest.


Reinhard and Gianni Valenti
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Ron Carter and Reinhard
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Roberta and Ron Carter
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Ron Carter and Musicians
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Nonet Musicians
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Nonet Musicians
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Tarik Osman and Ron Carter
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Erica, Hostess
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Nonet Musicians
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For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net