Yoshi's Stage, Ron Carter's Bass

Yoshi’s Stage, Ron Carter’s Bass

Ron Carter Live @ Yoshi's

Ron Carter Live @ Yoshi’s

The Ron Carter quartet (piano, drums, percussion, badass) is playing two sets a night through Sunday at Yoshi’s.

Last night was the opener. I saw the first set of the night, but I highly recommend going to the late show and making dinner reservations before hand. If you do this, you get to reserve the best seats without showing up early. I had to show up at 6 to reserve me seats — which were the best in the house. But Yoshi’s will take care of all of that for you if you go to the 10pm show and have dinner before. The sushi at Yoshi’s, by the way, is delicious.

I’ve been wanting to see Ron Carter for years. I’ve been very fortunate to see many of my bass idols. Among the giants I have missed include Mingus and Ray Brown. As a student of the bass, I’ve long admired Carter’s meticulous intonation, classy solos and brilliant choice of melody. On purely technical grounds, he is in scarce and highly accomplished company. Seeing him live was a treat I won’t soon forget.

Carter stands there, eyes closed and brow furrowed, effortlessly executing these incredible bass lines and melodies. The instrument is an extension of his mind. What he imagines, he plays. It was really beautiful.

Both of these photos were shot surreptitiously on my Razr during the encore. I wanted to get a better shot, but I didn’t want to disrupt the band, and I sure as hell didn’t want to irritate one of my musical heros.