After studying cello, he switched to bass while still in high school. From the mid-50s he played with various groups in and around Detroit and then New York; the latter while studying at Eastman School Of Music. From 1959 and on through the 60s, Carter played with an endless list of contemporary jazz musicians, among whom were Cannonball Adderley, Jaki Byard, Tadd Dameron, Eric Dolphy, Don Ellis, Art Farmer, Freidrich Gulda, Milt Jackson, Steve Kuhn, Sonny Rollins, Bobby Timmons and Randy Weston, He was also with Thelonious Monk, a four-year spell, followed by a similar period with Miles Davis. Carter started the 70s with Lena Horne’s backing band, interspersing this gig with appearances with the New York Jazz Quartet. He also led his own small groups and played concerts and on recordings by several all-star bands. Band leaders with whom he played and sometimes recorded include Lionel Hampton and Stanley Turrentine. In the 80s, 90s and into the 00s, Carter followed a similar pattern, backing artists as diverse as Tommy Flanagan, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, Helen Merrill and Cedar Walton in jazz and Bette Midler, A Tribe Called Quest and B.B. King in pop and the blues. Musicians in his own many recording groups of the 70s and 80s include Chet Baker, Kenny Barron and Jim Hall. During these decades, Carter also worked as a studio musician and with various classical music orchestras and his recording sessions were similarly in different genres. In addition to performing, Carter has written several text books and he also teaches and lectures on varied aspects of the music business.
Followers: Christian McBride, Richard Bona
Influenced By: Ray Brown...