Think: Hill Street Blues. Think: Steely Dan. Think: Fourplay
Think: Larry Carlton the man with the golden fingers-- can do anything he wants with his guitar. He can make it talk. He can make it cry. He can make it call your name.
Three-time Grammy Award- winning guitarist, Larry Carlton, produces his first recording on the Bluebird label.
Gaining inspiration from B.B. King’s King of the Blues,
the lesson learned was: "The simplicity and the harmonic limitations of the blues are a real plus, because they make it easier for emotion to take over as you play."
That lesson stuck with Carlton. And, it shows! Each movement of his fingers across the guitar strings is felt deep into your soul whether he is playing a slow, deep, grueling blues rhythm or if he’s playing the I’ve got to have you now,
groove known so well from Carlton’s sexy groove with the group Fourplay.Sapphire Blue
is a tribute to the Kansas-City style music that lets Carlton reach in and connect with his audience.
Carlton gives high praise to the band on this album, who create such a knock your socks off, get down, feel-it-deep, blues.A Pair of Kings
rocks as Reese Wynan keeps up with his B-3. Steve Patrick blows a hot trumpet, keeping the song steamy.Night Sweats
takes you on an intricate trip of cascading guitar going all the way, with spikes and slides, in perfect harmony with the rest of the group. Billy Kilson keeps up on the drums with Carlton’s wiley moves Sapphire Blue
again, highlights Wynan’s expertise on the B-3, in a slow, wandering, skillful blues melody, coupled with Carlton’s fine maneuvering of each note a low-down, gritty, slow burn, speaking to the soul. Kilson’s drums keep a mean, edgy beat.
Perking up the tempo, 7 For You
displays the horn section’s ability to woo, rock and blow a sexy strut.Slightly Dirty
offers a rounded display of all the talented members of this group.
A mellow organ intro, followed by Carlton’s tweaking, stroking and strolling across his guitar strings, brings the meaning of Just An Excuse
into focus. These guys don’t need an excuse to show their incredulous talents but, if they did, this song would tell the story, as they tantalize and tease, making you beg for more.
Terry McMillan blows a sharp harmonica, gathering speed as he travels into the depths of groove during Take Me Down.
A rare talent, on par with legendary Chet Atkins, Larry Carlton has finally given his audience what they have been waiting for.