Nineteen-time Grammy nominee, three-time Grammy winner
and all-time guitar great, Larry Carlton established himself
from his first recording, A Little Help From My Friends.
His studio credits include musicians and groups like Steely
Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb
Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda
Ronstadt and literally dozens of others. He went on to
perform with the Crusaders and then with the multi platinum
jazz super group Fourplay. With 30 albums to his credit
and having performed on over 100 albums that have gone
Gold or Platinum, Larry Carlton has set a standard for
artistry that spans three decades.
In 2011 Larry Carlton will receive the George
Benson Lifetime Achievement Award at the Canadian
Wave Awards 0n April 29th.
Larry's last album Take
your Pick has
been nominated for "Best
Pop Instrumental Album at the 2011 Grammy Awards"!
Larry received a Lifetime
Achievement Award from Guitar
Player magazine and was presented the "Titan of Tone" award
from Premier Guitar Magazine at the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame.
This amazing collaboration between legendary
guitarist Larry Carlton and Japanese rock icon, Tak Matsumoto has
truly proven to be a record for the ages. To kick things
off, the 2010 “Take Your Pick” tour"
sold out 18 shows in 20 minutes all throughout Japan, ending
in a spectacular headlining performance at the world famous
Tokyo Jazz Festival.
Fresh on the heels of a Grammy Award win for his collaboration
with Tak Matsumoto, Take Your
Pick, Larry Carlton doesn’t
hesitate to answer why he chose to participate in a tribute
album to the Sound of Philadelphia. Carlton’s
new album, Larry Carlton Plays
the Sound of Philadelphia (335 Records) features the guitarist applying his distinctive
string-bending to a set of material from the songbooks of Gamble & Huff and Thom Bell, who wrote
a succession of hits for The Spinners,
Harold Melvin & the
Blue Notes, The O’Jays and many other soul and R&B
Larry Carlton's own musical story began in Southern California.
He picked up his first guitar when he was only six years
He was introduced to jazz in junior high school after
hearing The Gerald Wilson Big Band album, Moment
with guitarist Joe Pass.
Larry then became interested in Barney Kessel, Wes Montgornery and the legendary blues
guitarist B.B. King. Saxophonist John
Coltrane was also
a major influence on Carlton, beginning with Coltrane's
1962 classic Ballads.
In 1968 he recorded his first LP, With
A Little Help From My Friends (Uni).
The enthusiastic industry response garnered
him a place among jingle singers The Going
on camera and radio commercials for Ford.
Mid-season in his
second year, he segued to Musical Director for Mrs.
an Emmy-nominated children's show on the same network. It was
here that Carlton showcased his acting skills, performing as
the show's co-star, "Larry Guitar."
Calls began to increase significantly
as Carlton gained distinction for the unmistakable and often
imitated "sweet" sound
he delivered with his Gibson ES-335.
He also broke new ground
with his new trademark volume pedal technique, eloquently displayed
in his featured performance on Crusader One with legendary
jazz/rock group The Crusaders in 1971. Joni
and Spark album, the first record she made with a rhythm section,
displays his distinctive Technique - a style Mitchell referred
to as "fly fishing."
During his tenure with The Crusaders (through 1976), Carlton
performed on 13 of their albums, often contributing material.
In 1973, Carlton released his second solo
on Blue Thumb Records aptly titled, as
he not only played guitar, but also performed vocals on eight
Carlton's demand as a session
player was now at its zenith, he was constantly featured
with stars from every imaginable genre, ranging from Sammy
Davis, Jr., and Herb Alpert to Quincy Jones, Paul Anka, Michael
Jackson, John Lennon, Jerry Garcia and Dolly Parton. At the same time, he was still performing
more than 50 dates a year with The Crusaders.
Before he transitioned completely to a solo
career, Carlton became one of the most in-demand studio
musicians of the past three decades. Carlton's catalog
of work includes film soundtracks, television themes and
work on more than 100 gold albums.
Ultimately, Carlton began scaling back his session work
substantially, while continuing to perform and record
with the Crusaders. He shifted his emphasis to the challenges
of arranging and producing, and built his own studio
Room 335 in his home. During this period he
arranged and produced projects for Barbra
Streisand, Joan Baez and Larry
Gatlin, as well as producing and
co-writing the theme for the hit sitcom Who's
The Boss and co-writing (with Michel
Columbier) and arranging
the acclaimed movie soundtrack for Against
As his association with the Crusaders began to draw
to a close, Carlton signed with
Warner Bros. Records
in 1977. Between
'78 and '84, Larry recorded six solo albums for Warner
Bros Records: Mr.
335, Live In Japan, Friends, Eight Times
Up, Sleep Walk, Strikes
Twice, Larry Carlton. The latter self-titled album
was released hot on the heels of his debut session
with rock supergroup Steely Dan.
Rolling Stone magazine lists Carlton's tasty ascent on Steely Dan's Kid Charlemagne as one of the three best guitar licks in rock music.
With more than 3000 studio sessions under his belt
by the early 1980s, Carlton had picked up four Grammy
nominations. In addition to winning a Grammy (`81)
for the theme to "Hill Street
Blues" (a collaboration
with Mike Post), he also was voted NARAS's "Most
Valuable Player" for three consecutive years.
NARAS then named him "Player
retired him from eligibility.
In 1985 he was approached by the newly
formed MCA Master Series to consider doing an acoustic
His first release for the new label was Alone, But Never Alone, a consensus No. 1 album on
the Radio & Records and Billboard Jazz charts.
The twelve months of 1987 brought some of the biggest
highlights in Carlton's solo career.
to winning the Grammy for "Minute
by Minute," Carlton
received a Grammy nomination for "Best
Jazz Fusion Performance" for his live album Last
Nite. Coming off of the success of two
acoustic albums and one live album, Carlton was on
a hot streak and entered the studio to work on his
next project, On
Solid Ground. The all-electric project
was nominated for a Grammy in 1989. The release of
On Solid Ground came almost one year after Carlton
was brutally shot in a random act of violence outside
his Los Angeles studio.
In 1990, MCA acquired GRP Records and placed their
jazz artists under the GRP moniker. Immediately,
GRP issued a greatest hits package of Carlton’s
work on MCA, called Collection. In 1991, Carlton
entered the studio to record a blues-based album
with John Ferraro, keyboard man Matt
bassist Michael Rhodes and harmonica player Terry
Interrupted by label and consumer demands
for another jazz offering, Carlton temporarily
shelved what would become Renegade
recorded and released Kid
Gloves in '92. A pop-oriented
Jazz collection of lilting acoustic ballads and
biting electric workouts, the album marked the
first time Carlton had included both acoustic and
electric tracks on a single solo project.
In between touring, Carlton resumed
work on the bluesy Renegade
the original six tracks to Nashville (his first
time to record in that city), and joining up
once again with Michael Rhodes and Terry
plus drummer Chris Layton (from Stevie Vaughan's
band Double Trouble) and keyboard wizard Chuck
Leavell, he recorded four tracks, plus did additional
production and mixing on the blues rocker in
time for a '93 release.
Carlton toured extensively that year and the next
with jazz superband Stanley
Clark And Friends (Stanley
Clark, Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham, Deron Johnson
The quintet released Stanley
Clark and Friends Live A t The Greek in '94.
Larry & Lee,
Carlton's 1995 collaboration
with guitar great Lee Ritenour,
garnered him his eighth Grammy nomination. This was
followed by The
Gift in '96 and Larry
Carlton Collection Volume 2 in '97.
That same year, his virtuosity and reputation secured
him a place in the crumtopping award-winning
Records' group Fourplay, when member Lee Ritenour left to head his own label. Carlton
doubled the fun by signing to Wamer Jazz as a solo
artist at the same time. Since then he has released
two albums with Fourplay: 4 in '98 and a refreshingly
different Christmas album, Snowbound, in October
1999 also brought Larry Carlton his very own
spot on Hollywood's prestigious
3, he was inducted along with Joe
Satriani, Steve Vai and Jimmie Vaughn.
The year 2000 starts with Carlton putting his singularly
superb fingerprints on the new millennium with his
star-studded solo release on Wamer
Bros. Records, Fingerprints following
by No Substitution (2001), Deep
into it (2001), Shappire Blue (2003)
and Fire Wire (2006).
In 2007 Larry and Robben Ford started
the US leg of a tour that began in
Korea and toured through Australia and
Europe to support of their album “Larry
Carlton with Special Guest Robben Ford, Live in
Carlton and Ford first met in the early 70s while
Ford was touring with Joni
Mitchell. From there they began playing in small
jazz clubs in North Hollywood,
California. Since then the two have been following
each other careers and have
remain close friends. When asked why they did the
album Carlton says, “Over
the years people kept asking when Robben (Ford) and
I were going to make a
record. So we finally did it.” The album was
release under Carlton’s label, 335
In 2008 he released Re-Recorded that started
a new venture for him as it was
released under his own record label, 335
Carlton's decision to
release the album he says, "It
came from a place of gratitude- for my
career and loyal fans. I thought it would be fun
to bring new life and
spirit into these, now classic songs."
The "Re-Recorded Tour" provided
the fans the chance to hear favorites such as “All
in Good Time and “Hello Tomorrow”
and fall in love with them all over again.
In 2011 Larry Carlton will receive the George
Benson Lifetime Achievement Award at the
Canadian Wave Awards 0n April 29th. Larry's last
album Take your Pick has
been nominated for "Best Pop Instrumental
Album at the 2011 Grammy Awards"!
Additionally Larry received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar
Player magazine and was presented the "Titan of Tone" award
from Premier Guitar Magazine at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
This amazing collaboration between legendary guitarist Larry Carlton and Japanese
rock icon, Tak Matsumoto has truly proven to be a record for the ages. To kick
things off, the 2010 “Take Your Pick” tour sold out 18 shows in
20 minutes all throughout Japan, ending in a spectacular headlining performance
at the world famous Tokyo Jazz Festival. This unique sound of jazz mixed with
hints of rock and fusion caused the album to debut at #2 on the Japanese pop
rock charts which marks the first time an instrumental record has done so in
35 years. As the record continues to climb the US jazz charts, Larry and Tak
continue to showcase their superior musicianship all throughout the world.
Carlton's melodic yet aggressive approach to writing and playing on this CD
blended with Tak's proven ability to write and perform Hit songs make for a
unique Guitar experience. Drawing upon their knowledge and different music
backgrounds Larry & Tak have forged Eastern and Western guitar styles to
create a truly magical and unique album unlike any other. The best of East
Fresh on the heels of a Grammy award win for his collaboration with Tak Matsumoto, Take Your Pick, Larry Carlton doesn’t hesitate to answer why he chose
to participate in a tribute album to the Sound of Philadelphia. “Every
song was a great pop song,” says the guitarist. “Every
song was a hit.” Carlton’s new album, Larry
Carlton Plays the Sound of Philadelphia (335 Records) features the guitarist applying his distinctive string-bending
to a set of material from the songbooks of Gamble & Huff and Thom
who wrote a succession of hits for The Spinners, Harold
Melvin & the Blue
Notes, The O’Jays and many other soul and R&B legends.
Utterly unique, Larry
Carlton has set a standard for artistry that spans
three decades (and two centuries) and he is undoubtedly
destined to leave his mark on jazz, blues, pop and
rock for the foreseeable future...
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