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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Guitarist Larry Carlton has long been one of the mainstays of smooth jazz, and FOOTPRINTS finds him squarely in that genre. His playing is as precise, mellifluous, and melodically inclined as ever -- those looking for the nasty rock edge of Carlton's fame-grabbing work with Steely Dan, on such performances as "Don't Take Me Alive," have come to the wrong place. Amid background washes of synthesizers and electric keyboards and the pulsing rhythms of drum machines, this studio guitarist's guitarist exhibits his mastery of sweet six-string seductiveness. Carlton's use of phrasing with octaves lends an attractive feel to his solos, and his acoustic guitar work -- heard to ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Guitarist Larry Carlton has long been one of the mainstays of smooth jazz, and FOOTPRINTS finds him squarely in that genre. His playing is as precise, mellifluous, and melodically inclined as ever -- those looking for the nasty rock edge of Carlton's fame-grabbing work with Steely Dan, on such performances as "Don't Take Me Alive," have come to the wrong place. Amid background washes of synthesizers and electric keyboards and the pulsing rhythms of drum machines, this studio guitarist's guitarist exhibits his mastery of sweet six-string seductiveness. Carlton's use of phrasing with octaves lends an attractive feel to his solos, and his acoustic guitar work -- heard to fine advantage on the radio-friendly "The Storyteller" -- is as tasty as his plugged-in variety. While winning instrumentals make up the bulk of the selections, "'Til I Hurt You" with Michael McDonaldl as guest singer further enlivens FOOTPRINTS. The Latin-tinged "Gracias" finds another guest, country music star Vince Gill, pitching in on guitar.
All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
After a period of recording with Fourplay in the late '90s, Larry Carlton comes back under his own name with a collection that is typically both tantalizing and frustrating. It's tantalizing in that you get flashes and streaks of what this extremely gifted and eloquent guitarist can do when the material is good enough to inspire him. It's frustrating, however, because there isn't enough of it; Carlton can only do so much with the weak-to-middling tunes that take up the majority of the disc. Nevertheless, the title cut is a fine example of the smooth jazz genre at its most ingratiating, with a nice groove and tasty guitar work. "Slave Song" is even better, spangled with intriguing instrumental touches including the multitracked saxes of Kirk Whalum; some great, funky octave work right in the pocket; and most unusually in the smooth jazz arena, a passionate instrumental chorus on the way to the fade. "Gracias," a Latin-flavored acoustic-guitar duet between Carlton and country music's Vince Gill, may be the album's masterpiece; together, the two create the disc's most beautiful tunes and licks, evoking memories of Chet Atkins' best celebrity duo sessions. Too often, though, the disc settles for the mediocre and the innocuous, the most obvious example being "'Til I Hurt You," an undistinguished tune carefully tooled for airplay, featuring the indecipherably mumbled vocals of Michael McDonald. Yet Fingerprints' best stuff, in addition to Carlton's sterling efforts to make the rest come alive, redeems the package.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2000
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624733829
  • Catalog Number: 47338

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fingerprints (4:57)
  2. 2 Silky Smooth (4:48)
  3. 3 The Storyteller (6:48)
  4. 4 'Til I Hurt You (4:17)
  5. 5 Slave Song (4:52)
  6. 6 All Thru the Night (4:59)
  7. 7 Lazy Susan (5:43)
  8. 8 Cicks with Kickstands (5:29)
  9. 9 Gracias - Vince Gill (6:11)
  10. 10 Crying Hands (7:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Larry Carlton Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Recorder
Michael McDonald Vocals
Sam Riney Flute
Matt Rollings Keyboards
Eric Darken Percussion
Paul Brown Drums, Recorder
Lenny Castro Percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Luis Conte Percussion
Michael Egizi Drums, Keyboards
Vince Gill Guitar
Gary Grant Horn
Jerry Hey Horn
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Don Murray Recorder
Gary Paczosa Recorder
Kirk Whalum Saxophone
Grady Walker Recorder
Rick Jackson Keyboards
David Woods Drums, Keyboards
Larry Williams Horn
Technical Credits
Larry Carlton Arranger, Producer, Sequencing Programmer
Paul Brown Arranger, Producer
Don Murray Mastering
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Josh Henson Sequencing Programmer
David Woods Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New voice of Carlton shines in well produced and written LP

    Somewhere along the line, Larry Carlton found a new voice through the guitar, and it shines here on Fingerprints. As the title might suggest, the playing here is softer, lighter and slightly more wistful than on his previous releases, but this style works perfectly due to the beautiful musical foundations of the songs themselves. While The Gift and some of his other previous releases focused on the virtuoso's superior skills but would occassionally falter with weak progressions or melodies, almost every piece of this LP is enveloping and memorable. The production itself may still seem too processed for the average listener, but it's warm and enriching, and the melody and phrasing behind the bathed atmosphere provide Carlton with wonderful foundations from which to network his solos with his featured artists, including saxophonist Kirk Whalum on "The Storyteller" and guitarist Vince Gill on "Gracias." The former is a poignant, if slightly tragic, piece that reveals a story deeper than poetry would suffice to express, while the latter stands out from the rest as a solely acoustic-guitar based number that rises with one of those melodies a musician only discovers once a career. "Slave Song," "Crying Hands," and "Silky Smooth" (notably the only track Carlton didn't write or co-write) are especially excellent assets, but I wish the commercial-sounding "'Til I Hurt You" was dropped as it stands out woefully against the rest of the package. Nevertheless, a good listen for anyone interested in jazz, Fingerprints demonstrates Mr. 335's strong writing and producing abilities and was an excellent project for him to undertake to rediscover his muse.

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