Piccolo

It feels a bit strange doing a review on a 38-year-old Jazz album, but that’s exactly what I find myself doing. Ever since subscribing to Beats Music last autumn, I have been able sample literally dozens of jazz albums and playlists from all across the Jazz spectrum. A few weeks ago I came across a live recording entitled Piccolo by the Ron Carter Quartet. Taped in New York City in 1977, Piccolo is nonetheless a high-quality recording that also has a live feel to it — the best of both worlds. Featuring Kenny Barron on piano, Buster Williams on bass, Ben Riley on drums, and, of course, Ron Carter on piccolo bass, the acoustic set lasts nearly 76 minutes comprising six tracks. Naturally, the quartet’s sound features several piccolo bass solos, so if you’re not a fan of the piccolo bass, this album wouldn’t be for you. I happen to love the sound of that instrument, and Ron Carter is among the very best, hence the appeal.

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