"I think people still want to hear the old man playing on an antique,” says Ron Carter. “And as long as they want that idea, I’m kind of available.”

Carter, 82, is one of jazz’s most prolific figures. In addition to recording dozens of albums as a band leader, he has worked with most of the genre’s big names, including Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Milt Jackson.

In 2015, Guinness World Records handed him the title of “Most recorded jazz bassist” for more than 2,200 individual recording credits. And that number has continued to grow in the years since.