Ron Carter Announces Film Details, Launches Interactive Discography

Ron Carter

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Ron Carter teased a new documentary back in August, and now we have more details about its release. Ron Carter: Finding The Right Notes will be airing on PBS on October 21st. Directed by Peter Schnall, the film is described as a “two-hour major documentary.”

“Schnall reveals poignant and joyful details of the jazz maestro’s life, from his early years as a cello student in high school through his years in the Miles Davis Quintet of the ‘60s and into his vital solo career that continues to expand,” a press release explains.

Schnall interviewed Carter at his home, on the road, and in the studio to dive into each aspect of his life. “[PBS] immediately said ‘yes’ to the project, they were very excited about the Ron Carter story,” the director says. “Later, when we presented PBS with our 90-minute rough cut, they asked if we could extend the show to two hours. That doesn’t happen too often.”

In addition to the film, the soundtrack will be released on the same date to include a live performance from the Newport Jazz Festival, a bass duet of “Willow Weep For Me” with Christian McBride, and more.

Check your local PBS station for times.

If you’re looking for a new way to explore Carter’s incredible body of work, Carter has also launched the Ron Carter Universe, an interactive online discography that chronicles nearly 1,000 releases featuring the maestro’s bass lines. The albums can be mapped out like stars in the universe or listed chronologically. Each title has the personnel listed and you can filter by players to see when they worked with the bassist. Be sure to check it out.

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