The first of Ron Carter's many Milestone albums, Pastels presents the bassist surrounded by 20 musicians, 16 of them among New York's finest string players. All of the compositions are Carter's, in orchestrations by him and Don Sebesky, who conducts. Kenny Barron, a longtime colleague of Carter, is at the piano, with Harvey Mason on drums and Hugh McCracken on guitar and harmonica. Carter plays both bass and piccolo bass. The moods encompass a wide range, from the enigmatic title piece and the soft whimsy of "Woolaphant" to the characteristic down-home Carter sophistication of "12+12" and "One Bass Rag."
with Kenny Barron, Hugh McCracken, Harvey Mason, and strings