Sapphire Blue CD (2004)

Artist: Larry Carlton

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In a way, this album is long overdue. Fans have gotten used to hearing Carlton play the blues at his shows. In fact, he admits that these performances are a high point as much for him as they are for his audience.

"It doesn't matter what they've come to hear," he explains. "When I play the blues, that's when I most passionately connect with them and with my guitar."

Sapphire Blue proves the point. Backed by a crisp rhythm section and buoyed by Jim Horn's razor-edged horn arrangements, Carlton stretches out on a set of original, groove-driven tunes with that unique blend of melodic inventiveness, singing tone, and swing that define his style as well as the best elements of playing the blues.


Label Bluebird
SKU 60623156
UPC 828765766722
UPC 14 00828765766722
Format CD
Release Date 1/13/2004
Author Larry Carlton
Compilation Appearance Very Best Of Smooth Jazz Guita
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-The Originals
Compilation Appearance Progressions:100 Years Of Jazz Guitar
Compilation Appearance Tv Land Presents Favorite Tv Theme
Compilation Appearance Jazz Portrait Of Brian Wilson: woul
Compilation Appearance Chet Picks The Hits
Compilation Appearance All-Time Top 100 TV Themes
Associated Artist/Work Autour De Blues
Associated Artist/Work Autour de Blues
Associated Artist/Work Autour De Blues
Associated Artist/Work Autour de Blues
Associated Artist/Work Carlton Lukather Band
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
Engineer Csaba Petocz; Aldo Ruggiero; Mark Capps
Producer Larry Carlton
CatalogID 82876576672
Lable Name Bluebird RCA (USA)
Released 01/13/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 48m : 28s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00828765766722
Musical Guests
Matt Rollings
Billy Kilson
Terry McMillan
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Larry Carlton (guitar); Mark Douthit (tenor saxophone); Jim Horn (baritone saxophone); Steve Patrick (trumpet); Chris Dunn (trombone); Terry McMillan (harmonica); Matt Rollings (Fender Rhodes); Reese Wynans (Hammond B-3 organ); Michael Rhodes (bass); Billy Kilson (drums); Eric Darken (percussion).
Principally recorded at The Sound Kitchen and The Sound Shop, Nashville, Tennessee in 2003.
Personnel: Larry Carlton (guitar); Terry McMillan (harmonica); Mark Douthit (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Steve Patrick (trumpet); Chris Dunn (trombone); Matt Rollings (Fender Rhodes piano); Billy Kilson (drums); Eric Darken (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Csaba Petocz.
Recording information: The Sound Kitchen, Nashville, TN (04/03/2003/04/04/2003); The Sound Shop, Nashville, TN (04/03/2003/04/04/2003).
Photographer: Jim McGuire .
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 -- ? 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."] ~ Thom Jurek
Disc 1
1 Friday Night Shuffle
2 Pair Of Kings, A
3 Night Sweats
4 Sapphire Blue
5 7 For You
6 Slightly Dirty
7 Just An Excuse
8 Take Me Down

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