Ron Carter

Freddie Hubbard – Sky Dive (1973) (Audio)

An album that should be in the minds of any Jazz fan, as well as any Hip Hop producer

Shirley Scott – Superstition (1973) (Audio)

In a male dominated genre, Shirley Scott is a force behind the organ, and her album ‘Superstition’ might be the funkiest of them all.

Roy Ayers – Stoned Soul Picnic (1968)

One of Roy Ayers earliest, and best recordings, “Stoned Cold Picnic” is a symbolic album with a legendary cast.

Donald Byrd – Kofi (Blue Note) (1969)

Donald Byrd’s 1969 album “Kofi” is an early introduction to Jazz Fusion, as it covers many different sub-genres of Jazz,

George Benson – Bad Benson (1974)

Bad Benson is George Benson at his best. Pure guitar smoothness, mixed with an accompaniment of electronic and traditional instrumentation, this album has been revered by Hip Hop producers far and wide. Most people know Benson for his 80’s pop hits, which we all love, but in the 70’s, he was a master at jazz fusion and traditional jazz. It must also be noted that Ron Carter blessed this album with his magnificent bass, because he is Jazz’s stamp of approval! Here is the rest of the personnel and instrumentation from this album (via CD Universe):
George Benson (guitar); John Frosk, Alan Rubin, Joe Shepley (trumpet); Jim Buffington, Brooks Tillotson (French horn); Wayne Andre, Garbett Brown, Warren Covington, Paul Faulise (trombone); George Marge (flute, piccolo, English horn); Al Regni (flute, clarinet); Phil Bodner (alto flute, English horn, clarinet); Ray Beckenstein (flute); Seymour Barab, Frank Levy, Jesse Levy, Charles McCracken, Alan Shulman, Paul Tobias (cello); Margaret Ross (harp); Kenny Barron (piano); Phil Upchurch (guitar, bass, percussion); Ron Carter (bass); Steve Gadd (drums).

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7 Jazz Versions of the M*A*S*H Theme Song, Suicide is Painless

It’s known as the M*A*S*H* theme song, but to the jazz community, it’s known as a favorite.

Bobby Hutcherson – Components (1965) (Audio)

Bobby Hutcherson shows why he’s one of the greatest vibraphone players ever in his Blue Note release, Components.

Roy Ayers – Daddy Bug & Friends (1976) (Audio)

Not everything released by Roy Ayers in the 70s was fusion. Daddy Bug & Friends is a classic Roy Ayers album that commonly goes overlooked

Ron Carter – Spanish Blue (1975)

Ron Carter pays us a visit and displays his 70’s fusion sound.