Song: Ron Carter
Artist: Bill Frisell
Ron Carter is a weighty instrumental from the American guitarist’s 2001 Blues Dream album. This tribute from one jazz great to another exemplifies Frisell’s ability to effortlessly straddle different musical genres, gleefully blurring the lines. With a steely edge and an implacable momentum, this arrangement of horns, bass and understated percussion is daringly sparse yet more than enough to get the vibe across. By turns menacing and ambivalent, there’s something profoundly elemental happening. Though he can play just about any kind of genre you care to think of, here Frisell’s electric guitar is both raucous and refined, searing yet understated. His economical phrasing packs maximum punch and the expressive tonal delicacies his hands coax out of the fretboard are a real treat.