Let me begin by saying that Ron Carter has been a huge influence on my playing; I've transcribed many of his lines, and consider his playing thoughout the 1960's to be some of the best in Jazz. On that note, I pulled out the record called "Crossings" yesterday; it was recorded in 1976 with Red Garland and Philly Joe Jones, and was instantly reminded of how awful his sound became in the 1970's. This of course, is my opinion, and some may feel that his sound in the 70's was great. Fair enough. For those who understand what I mean, however, it's just such a shame....it's like as soon as he switched to steel strings and a pickup his sound turned to crap. Which is strange because there were so many other players who got a great sound with gut strings and mic that continued to have a great sound with steel and a pickup (Ray Brown). I also never cared for his bass solos either. The sliding and tremolos are just too much for me. But his walking lines: mmm.....soooooo good.