Hard for me to believe that someone gave this album only 2 stars and referred to Ron Carter's brilliant playing as "noodling"!! However, I do understand the difference between so called "70's bass" and the tendency of this style to stay with the higher pitched range of the instrument as opposed to the heavier sound of say, Charles Mingus or Jimmy Garrison from the 1960's. But Ron Carter sure does a great job with this style of bass playing despite the fact that some people just don't have a taste for it. This album is beautiful, and quite correctly listed as a Ron Carter album. Herbie Hancock's piano playing is excellent, Tony Williams provides a good albeit gentle backdrop on the drums, but the real focus is Ron Carter's superb bass playing, in all of it's gooey grandeur. Ron Carter reeeaaallly shines on this album, his playing is the main focus of the session & every minute of listening time is to that of an acoustic bass virtuoso! Ron Carter on this date does not at all play electric but rather shows off his great chops on a contrabass with a sterling supportive cast. For those who appreciate great bass playing or great jazz, this album is a must have. I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could, this is an absolute masterpiece...give it a spin, enjoy & God bless!