"Lots of young pianists have chops and energy, but Cohen also has an instinct for meaningful aesthetic form." - Jazz Times
As a follow up to the auspicious debut of his Masters Legacy Series last year, Cellar Live has released Emmet Cohen’s Masters Legacy Series, Volume 2 featuring jazz bassist Ron Carter. Cohen’s mission is to celebrate the last remaining legendary jazz artists from an era long gone, by documenting, featuring, and preserving their artistry and excellence in the later stages of their careers.
Cohen, bandleader of the Emmet Cohen Trio and producer of The Masters Legacy Series, selected to feature Ron Carter on Volume 2 for his storied and prolific career, supremely distinctive sound, and dedication to the preservation of the arts. Carter, now 80 years old, appears on over 2200 jazz recordings and bears no introduction. Once a member of the Miles Davis Quintet in the early 1960’s (which also included Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams), fast forward almost 60 years and Carter shows no signs of slowing down. Cohen had been to many performances in which Carter was playing, but considers himself fortunate for having first met Carter at the 2016 Jazz Legends for Disability Pride benefit concert in New York City.
To celebrate Carter’s supremacy on the bass, Cohen carefully curated selections for the album that would feature Carter’s virtuosity. As a nod to Mr. Carter’s past, the album is bookended with selections from Miles Davis’ repertoire, “All of You” (Cole Porter) and “Joshua” (Victor Feldman). After learning “Opus One” (Sy Oliver) was one of Mr. Carter’s father’s favorite songs, Cohen arranged a unique version for the trio in his honor. “Salute to Cedar” is a four-tune medley comprised of three Cedar Walton compositions (“Hindsight”, “Holy Land”, “Dear Ruth”) and one Ron Carter composition, “It’s About Time,” which Mr. Carter performed with the late great Mr. Walton himself. “Any Old Time” (Artie Shaw), made famous by Billie Holiday, was selected since believe it or not, Mr. Carter had neither played nor recorded it before. Cohen arranged the Hebrew prayer, “Hatzi Kaddish” (Traditional) after learning that Mr. Carter’s late parents gave him the middle name of “Levin” after a Jewish pharmacist provided free medicine to the struggling Carter family in Ferndale, Michigan. “Light Blue” (Ron Carter), a tune made famous by Mr. Carter himself, is followed by an impromptu and eloquent bass solo entitled “Mr. Carter Speaks.” Visit Emmet Cohen.