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RON CARTER QUARTET

Yoshis, Oakland

October 25, 2012

10pm set

 

10pm set only. Got a Goldstar ticket for the 2nd set. Seen Ron twice before, and both times very pleasantly surprised. Very stately, in the pocket, sophisticated jazz with none of that edgy craziness and polyrhythmic complexity that I so love, but still, he seems to pull off nice sets of music. This show maybe didn’t impress me as much, but it was still good, solid music with moments of great propulsion and swing.

Rosnes is quite a player – she crushed it, getting off a couple of excellent solos that were much needed in an otherwise maybe too stately set of music.  Again, this was one (almost) set-long slab of linked tunes that melted into one another. Opened with a loose, freeish, quiet bass/perc interplay that transformed into a balladish tune, and then into a great upbeat Milestones that had a long, outstanding Renee solo (she is a force when she gets going) – then into a slower, blues tinged tune with another great RR solo. Fairly long bass solo tune and into a final number that ended the suite. Then they played a stand alone You And The Night And the Music (apparently a request, which is unusual for them – as RC said, he likes to prepare his paragraphs of music before the set – no surprise there) – upbeat with a flying Rosnes solo. Ended the tune with a cool duet bass/perc solo that had some ridiculously flying perc – that man is blistering – very cool. Nice band, good music, nothing bothersome and nothing earthshattering either, just a swell late night set of swing – I can live with that.

RENEE ROSNES – piano

RON CARTER – bass

PEYTON CROSSLEY – drums

ROLANDO MORALES-MATOS – percussion

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