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Ron Carter Quarter - Dear Miles

Jean-Marc Birraux

2008 / Production : 24 images / Broadcasting : GIE Grand Ouest and Mezzo

Miles Davis had several grand periods in his musical career and notably, two famous quintets. The first was during the fifties and early sixties, with Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane, that the album "Kind of Blue" showcased. The second one was in the sixties, that lasted around five years, with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams and Ron Carter.

It was thanks to this last quintet that the double bassist Ron Carter made a name for himself around the world.

As is often the case in career ends, one looks at the past, a sort of homage to those who taught us, helped or influenced us. Ron Carter released a CD titled "Dear Miles" earlier in the year. The title is affectionate and friendly. Ron Carter has not forgotten that he owes his international fame to his participation in Miles’ quintet. Forty years later, he has finally paid his homage.

In Le Mans, we filmed practically the same group as the one that recorded the album.

By placing the double bass in the spotlight of this film, the director wants to show the evolution of the instrument that was first showcased in the mid-sixties by virtuosos like Ron Carter.