Bassist, composer and bandleader Ron Carter has been at the forefront of jazz for decades.

Carter is an NEA Jazz Master and the most recorded bassist in jazz history, with more than 2,200 recordings and counting. From his groundbreaking work with Miles Davis to his solo work, he’s especially known for his ability to make artists across all genres better at way they do — whether that’s Horace Silver, Chick Corea, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon or any of his many other collaborators over the years.

At 85, Carter busier than ever. He’s currently in the middle of a month-long headlining run at Birdland in New York, and he’s the focus of a new PBS documentary called Finding the Right Notes.

Carter joined us to talk about the documentary and much more.