Sapphire Blue [Japan Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Larry Carlton may not have been issuing records in the United States with any regularity, but the RCA Japan-issued Sapphire Blue proves he hadn't been sitting on his hands. 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. Witness the gorgeous horn charts by Jim Horn on "Friday Night Shuffle," and the triple melody line in "A Pair of Kings." The laid-back jazzy blue ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Larry Carlton may not have been issuing records in the United States with any regularity, but the RCA Japan-issued Sapphire Blue proves he hadn't been sitting on his hands. 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. Witness the gorgeous horn charts by Jim Horn on "Friday Night Shuffle," and the triple melody line in "A Pair of Kings." The laid-back jazzy blue feel of "Night Sweats" with a memorable groove and minimal horn punctuations leave Carlton's guitar room to ram inside a warm space. The title track is a B.B. King-style groover -- à la 1970 -- with a stinging, slightly distorted guitar sound from Carlton. This isn't the blues, it is blues played soulfully and with considerable musicianship that forgoes flash for feeling, albeit muted by pristine production. Carlton's fans may puzzle over this one a bit by its concentration on aesthetic beauty and relative purity, but those who weren't paying attention should sit up and take notice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 8809102528021
  • Catalog Number: 302174
  • Sales rank: 183,901

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Friday Night Shuffle (4:25)
  2. 2 A Pair of Kings (5:50)
  3. 3 Night Sweats (8:11)
  4. 4 Sapphire Blue (8:16)
  5. 5 7 for You (5:05)
  6. 6 Slightly Dirty (5:52)
  7. 7 Just an Excuse (5:09)
  8. 8 Take Me Down (5:42)
  9. 9 Room 335 (6:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Larry Carlton Primary Artist, Guitar
Matt Rollings fender rhodes
Eric Darken Percussion
Mark Capps Horn Engineer
Mark Douthit Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Chris Dunn Trombone
Jim Horn Baritone Saxophone
Billy Kilson Drums
Terry McMillan Harmonica
Steve Patrick Trumpet
Michael Rhodes Bass
Reese Wynans Hammond Organ
Technical Credits
Larry Carlton Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Mark Capps Engineer
Jim Horn Horn Arrangements
Csaba Petocz Engineer
Todd Gunnerson Assistant Tracking Engineer
Jack Frisch Art Direction
Tadashi Narita Liner Notes
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