Three-time Grammy award winner Larry Carlton performs his imitable Jazz fusion sound at Paris' legendary New Morning club, in April 2008. Tracks include the favourites 'Room 335' and 'Walk With Me'.
While touring between Strikes Twice and its follow-up, Sleepwalk, Larry Carlton recorded Eight Times Up live in Tokyo in early 1982. This was his second live album recorded in Japan in under a decade (following 1979's excellent Mr. 335 Live in Japan), and once again found Carlton and band in fine form playing smooth jazz-fusion. Songs from Strikes Twice and Sleepwalk largely comprise this six-song recording. And though the production and instrumentation definitely sound dated, Carlton's guitar playing is once again textbook smooth jazz, and makes up for that slight sonic nuance.
Larry Carlton's fourth studio album, 1981's Strikes Twice, features the guitarist/vocalist playing a mix of crossover jazz and soft rock. While Carlton had previously sung and played guitar on his 1968 debut and 1973 follow-up, it was not until his 1978 eponymous release that he fully developed his trademark electric guitar sound, mixing jazz, rock, and pop elements. Strike Twice finds Carlton building upon that sound with songs that move between bright instrumental jazz rock ("Springville," "Midnight Parade") and melodic AM pop ("Ain't Nothin' for a Heartache," "Magician")
Larry Carlton has been very generous to students of guitar over the course of his career. He’s given us countless solos and rhythm parts to study and emulate across his 3,000 sessions, 200 hit singles and 100 gold albums as a session player (some of us are still trying to nail that Kid Charlemagne solo!). Then he gave us the gift of 31 albums as a solo recording artist earning him 4 Grammys and 19 Grammy nominations. He’s treated us to a master series of lessons revealing his signature techniques, harmonic approaches and improvisational prowess in 335 Blues and 335 Improv. Yet over all these years, Larry’s never showed us exactly how he plays his hit songs from the first measure to the last… until now!
Each Quick Licks DVD includes an arsenal of licks in the style of your chosen artist to add to your repertoire, plus backing tracks to practice your new found techniques! Learn slow blues licks in the style of guitar legend Larry Carlton, one of the greatest players of our time. Also includes blues jam track. Stuart Bull has taught tens of thousands of guitarists worldwide through the award winning TOTAL ACCURACY guitar series. He has made numerous TV appearances on the the Musicians Channel’s Advanced Guitar programmes as well as working with major artists from the world of rock and pop.
Larry Carlton may not have been issuing records in the United States with any regularity, but Sapphire Blue proves he hasn't been sitting on his hands, either. It's Carlton's first blues-oriented album in many years. Featuring a large band with a complete horn section, Reese Wynans on B-3, Matt Rollings on Rhodes piano, Terry McMillan on piano, and others, Carlton is in fine, even understated form here. This group plays like a band with a soloist at its center, not like a bunch of paid hacks backing up a guitar whiz.