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Sapphire Blue (2004)

Artist: Larry Carlton
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Format: CD
Sku: 60623156
UPC: 828765766722
UPC 14: 00828765766722
Release Date: 1/13/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Friday Night Shuffle ~ Larry Carlton
2. Pair Of Kings, A ~ Larry Carlton
3. Night Sweats ~ Larry Carlton
4. Sapphire Blue ~ Larry Carlton
5. 7 For You ~ Larry Carlton
6. Slightly Dirty ~ Larry Carlton
7. Just An Excuse ~ Larry Carlton
8. Take Me Down ~ Larry Carlton
Larry Carlton's own musical story began in Southern California. He picked up his first guitar when he was only six years old. He was introduced to jazz in junior highschool after hearing The Gerald Wilson Big Band album, Moment of Truth, with guitarist Joe Pass. Larry then became interested in Bamey Kessel, Wes Montgornery and the legendary blues guitarist B.B. King. Saxophonist John Coltrane was also a major influence on Carlton, beginning with Coltrane's 1962 classic Ballads.

Before he transitioned completely to a solo career, Carlton became one of the most in-demand studio musicians of the past three decades. Carlton's catalog of work includes film soundtracks, television themes and work on more than 100 gold albums.

With more than 3000 studio sessions under his belt by the early 1980s, Carlton had picked up four Granuny nominations. In addition to winning a Grammy (`81) for the theme to "Hill Blues" (a collaboration with Mike Post), he also was voted NARAS's "Most Valuable Player" for three consecutive years. NARAS then named him "Player Emeritus" and retired him from eligibility.

Larry & Lee, Carlton's 1995 collaboration with guitar great Lee Ritenour, garnered him his eighth Grammy nomination. This was followed by The Gift in '96 and Larry Carlton Collection Volume 2 in '97. That same year, his virtuosity and reputation secured him a place in the crumÆtopping award-winning Warner Bros. Records' group Fourplay, when member Lee Ritenour left to head his own label. Carlton doubled the fun by signing to Wamer Jazz as a solo artist at the same time. Since then he has released two albums with Fourplay: 4 in '98 and a refreshingly different Christmas album, Snowbound, in October '99. 1999 also brought Larry Carlton his very own spot on Hollywood's prestigious Rockwalk. On June 3, he was inducted along with Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Jimmie Vaughn.

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.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Principally recorded at The Sound Kitchen and The Sound Shop, Nashville, Tennessee in 2003.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Csaba Petocz.
Muze PNote Recording information: The Sound Kitchen, Nashville, TN (04/03/2003/04/04/2003); The Sound Shop, Nashville, TN (04/03/2003/04/04/2003).
Muze PNote Photographer: Jim McGuire .
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Larry Carlton

Engineer: Csaba Petocz; Aldo Ruggiero; Mark Capps

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Matt Rollings
Muze Guest Artist Billy Kilson
Muze Guest Artist Terry McMillan

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Very Best Of Smooth Jazz Guita
Muze Music Compilations Chet Picks The Hits
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-The Originals
Muze Music Compilations Tv Land Presents Favorite Tv Theme
Muze Music Compilations Jazz Portrait Of Brian Wilson: woul
Muze Music Compilations All-Time Top 100 TV Themes
Muze Music Compilations Progressions:100 Years Of Jazz Guitar

Associated Artists and Works

Autour De Blues
Autour de Blues
Autour De Blues
Autour de Blues
Carlton Lukather Band
Original Soundtrack
Larry & Lee ~ Ritenour, Lee
Larry & Lee ~ Ritenour, Lee (Jazz)
Sapphire Blues Band (The)
Walker, David T.

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 01/13/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 82876576672
Music Label Name Label : Bluebird RCA (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00828765766722

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