Great Jazz Bassists

Ron Carter

Protrait of Ron Carter

Ron Carter once said, I think the bassist is the Quarterback in any group, and he must find a sound that he is willing to be responsible for. He is one of the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. He has more than 2000 albums to his credit, and played with such notable performers as Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley, and B.B. King.

From 1963 to 1968, he performed with the Miles Davies Quintet, and was named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade, Jazz Bassist of the Year, and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 1993 he won a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Group, and another in 1998 for his work on the film Round Midnight.

He was a classically trained musician with a BA in music from Eastman, an MA in double bass from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, and an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music. The Philadelphia Inquirer said he was arguably the greatest bass player jazz has ever known.


  • 1961: Where? (Prestige Records)
  • 1973: Blues Farm (CTI)
  • 1980: New York Slick (Milestone)
  • 1992: Friends (Blue Note)
  • 2003: Eight Plus
  • 2015: My Personal Songbook (In+Out Records)

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