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Sapphire Blue [Japan Bonus Track]
     

Sapphire Blue [Japan Bonus Track]

by Larry Carlton
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2003
Label:
Imports
UPC:
8809102528021
catalogNumber:
302174
Rank:
168539

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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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