- Released: June 19, 2007
- Label: Blue Note Records
Down Beat - p.624 stars out of 5
-- "[A] rich repertoire from Miles Davis' most productive period....Carter is a responsive partner in mid-temp pieces....When he falls into a straight four-beat line he pulls everybody else up along with him."
JazzTimes - p.90
"One of the pleasures of this album is following the quotes....Fun, games and allusions aside, DEAR MILES maintains Carter's high standard....This is music-making at the highest level."
Vibe - p.75
"Carter's bass playing is as supple as ever, and pianist Stephen Scott improvises with artful poise..."
- 2.Seven Steps To Heaven
- 3.My Funny Valentine
- 4.Bags' Groove
- 5.Someday My Prince Will Come
- 6.Cut And Paste
- 7.Stella By Starlight
- 8.As Time Goes By
- 9.Bye Bye Blackbird
Personnel: Ron Carter (bass guitar); Stephen Scott (piano); Payton Crossley (drums); Roger Squitero (percussion).
Bassist Ron Carter has good reason to pay tribute to Miles Davis. When Carter joined Miles's great second quintet in the 1960s it launched him on a career that found him consistently in the top ranks of the genre's musicians. As an accompanist, Carter was sensitive, sympathetic, and rhythmically attuned to Miles's innovations. Carter has gone on to demonstrate these same characteristics in all of his session and solo work in the subsequent decades.
DEAR MILES, released in 2007, has Carter tackling 10 Miles tunes (or tunes that Miles helped make famous). Flanked by a crack band, Carter glides, swings, and dances through classics such as "Seven Steps to Heaven," "Someday My Prince Will Come," and "Stella By Starlight." It's a fitting tribute to both Miles's memory and Carter's own skills, and--in its masterfully executed loveliness--is much more than an exercise in nostalgia.