Sapphire Blue

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Guitarist Larry Carlton, best known for his session work with Steely Dan and his own popular smooth-jazz projects, may not be the first musician you think of when it comes to playing the blues. However, his superb picking on Sapphire Blue should foster a major change in perception. On eight blues-oriented tracks, Carlton lays down biting improvisations that practically jump off the disc, so emotive and skillful are they. Tempos vary, but Carlton is comfortable no matter the pace; his fast solos have a decisive snap, and his slow solos are deeply expressive. The title track, an extended slow blues, is a breathtaking feature for the leader, exhibiting his finesse and ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Guitarist Larry Carlton, best known for his session work with Steely Dan and his own popular smooth-jazz projects, may not be the first musician you think of when it comes to playing the blues. However, his superb picking on Sapphire Blue should foster a major change in perception. On eight blues-oriented tracks, Carlton lays down biting improvisations that practically jump off the disc, so emotive and skillful are they. Tempos vary, but Carlton is comfortable no matter the pace; his fast solos have a decisive snap, and his slow solos are deeply expressive. The title track, an extended slow blues, is a breathtaking feature for the leader, exhibiting his finesse and his taste in equal measure. There’s fine contributions from all involved -- drummer Billy Kilson, saxophonists Mark Douthit and Jim Horn (who also contributed the crafty horn arrangements) among them -- but attention never drifts too far from Carlton, who makes the most of his extensive solo space. In his album notes, he claims that he was given “complete creative freedom” on Sapphire Blue; obviously, he knew just what to do with it.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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. 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 blues feel of "Night Sweats," with a memorable groove and minimal horn punctuations, leaves Carlton's guitar room to jam 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 because of its concentration on aesthetic beauty and relative purity, but those who weren't paying attention should sit up and take notice. [The China import features the bonus track "335."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2004
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 828765766722
  • Catalog Number: 57667
  • Sales rank: 31,465

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Friday Night Shuffle (4:25)
  2. 2 A Pair of Kings (5:50)
  3. 3 Night Sweats (8:10)
  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 (5:41)
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Album Credits

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

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BASED ON LIVE PERFORMANCE OF CD MATERIAL

    I saw 4 sets in NYC December 6th & 7th at the Iridium. The band & material are both exceptional. If this CD is 1/4th as good as the shows, it's Grammy material!

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