Four pieces, with scores and parts, written by Ron Carter and arranged for chamber ensembles. These are a unique part of the Ron Carter Library.
Loose Change and Desert Winds (Los Vientos del Desierto) are each for 4 cellos and are great examples of classical-type writing by a top-flight jazz musician. They show the breadth of possibilities for cello, as well as an understanding of the technical capacity of the instrument. They are a must for cello ensembles. Desert Winds was written while Carter was stick in Spain with Miles Davis in 1964.
2+1=4 for cello, violin, viola is Carter's concept of writing for these 3 instruments so that at some junctures you actually hear/feel the sound of 4 instruments. No fooling around - it takes your entire attention to make this music work! There is a certain level of necessary difficulty but the players and listeners are rewarded with a great listening experience.
Serenade: 4 Cellos, Viola: OK violists, this is your time to shine! Carter wrote this piece because viola is one of the most ignored instruments of orchestra. It stands out in the backdrop of 4 cellos. The viola part is technically demanding but Maestro Carter is sure the violist wouldn't have it any other way.
"Enjoy the light bulb moments" -- Ron Carter
"I have had the amazing opportunity to play and record the incredible pieces Loose Change and Desert Winds for 4 cellos by Ron Carter. They are both challenging and so much fun to play. These quartets are a gift to cellists everywhere, as well as to anyone who has the joy and delight of hearing them. Thank you, Ron Carter!" -- Carol Buck, NYC cellist