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Dan Ouellette: Ron Carter, Finding the Right Notes
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Dan Ouellette: Ron Carter, Finding the Right Notes
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A biography by Dan Ouellette, 430 pages

In the introductory chapter of Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes, bassist John Patitucci comments: ďRonís historical footprint is massive. The historical statements heís made over the decades are phenomenal.Ē

Author Dan Ouellette offers an insiderís view of this legendary bassistís 60-year career, from his beginnings as a child playing the cello through his bass-playing years at Detroitís Cass Tech and the Eastman School of Music, and into his role as a New York music mainstay. For decades heís performed with the whoís who of the jazz world, including Miles Davis in his classic quintet of the Ď60s. Ouellette also details Carterís years as the anchor of CTI Records, his tenure with Milestone Records, his longstanding association with EMI (including Blue Note Records), and his manifold session work in jazz and popular music.

Finding the Right Notes delves deeper than simply chronicling Carterís life and career. During the past three years, Ouellette spent hundreds of hours interviewing the jazz titan and speaking with his intimate circle of friends and family as well as colleagues, both past and present. The result is a book filled with insights on Carterís views on jazz criticism, the integral role of the bass in music, his pedagogical values and the racial divide that has permeated our culture. Chapters include Carterís contributions to film scoring, Brazilian music, classical endeavors and each of his active bands today (duo partnerships, the Striker Trio, his quartet and nonet). The underlying theme of the biography is Carterís journey as an artist in his quest of finding the right notesómusically as well as personally.

Finding the Right Notes is the first book published by ArtistShare, which is best known for helping musicians such as Maria Schneider and the Clayton Brothers deliver recording projects by allowing fans to fund their creative endeavors in exchange for access to the creative process. ArtistShareís vision encourages an artistís individual creativity and the unique process each artist uses to create their art. Since its inception, ArtistShare has sidestepped the middlemen to reach out directly to the consumer and focus on the innate value of art by creating a model that is immune to changes in the music, and now publishing, industries.

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