Although they are amazingly varied, the compositions of Ron Carter are unified by a certain flavor, a certain attitude reflecting Carter's view of life, which is at once serious and wryly humorous. Like the man, his songs and his solos are both urbane and invested with a countrified Saturday-night-at-the-Grange-Hall sense of fun. The title song of Peg Leg and Carter's piccolo bass solo on that piece are cases in point, and far from the only ones on this delightful album. There are one of Carter's atmospheric Spanish songs, a sort of modern hoe-down, a piece hat could serve for a Mexican hat dance, and a terrific fast version of Thelonious Monk's "Epistrophy." We are also treated to Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, Ben Riley, Jay Berliner, and some nifty writing for woodwinds.
with Kenny Barron, Jay Berliner, Buster Williams, Ben Riley, Jerry Dodgion, George Marge, Walter Kane, Charles Russo