Title: “#JAM2014 Celebrity DJ Session: Larry Carlton”
Channel: Watercolors (ch 66)
Description: Mr. 335 himself and one of the most innovative and original sounding guitar players of our time, Larry Carlton stops by to honor his peers and the jazz masters that helped shape his career and influence his more than 3000 studio sessions. Larry takes over the Watercolors studio in the next celebrity DJ session sharing stories and spinning his favorite jazz records – all part of Jazz Appreciation Month on SiriusXM.
On-Air Time: 4/9, 12pm ET
Duration: 1 hour
Rebroadcast: 4/12, 10am ET
An excellent review of Larry Carlton & Robben Ford Unplugged below which appeared in R2 magazine:
“This has to be a guitar lover’s dream: guitar greats Larry Carlton and Robben Ford caught live (but maybe not as ‘unplugged’ as the title suggests) on stage in the intimate confines of the New Morning Club, Paris. A pairing made in heaven, this no-frills concert film is at least as good as being there and, for budding guitarists, most probably even better, as the cameras provide lots of close-ups of Carlton’s and Ford’s phenomenal fingers busily working over-time.
Four-time Grammy Award-winner (nominee for nineteen), Larry Carlton (Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Crusaders) is a jazz guitarist supreme. Robben Ford (founding member of The Yellowjackets) is first and foremost a blues man. Aged eighteen he was playing with Charlie Musselwhite, since when he’s played with L.A. Express, George Harrison, and Joni Mitchell among many others.
The pairing of these greats seems as inevitable as it is inspired. Eight tracks of sublime, jaw-dropping and absorbing playing, this is a film to be savoured.”
Larry Carlton has been very generous to students of guitar over the course of his career. He’s given us countless solos and rhythm parts to study and emulate across his 3,000 sessions, 200 hit singles and 100 gold albums as a session player (some of us are still trying to nail that Kid Charlemagne solo!). Then he gave us the gift of 31 albums as a solo recording artist earning him 4 Grammys and 19 Grammy nominations. He’s treated us to a master series of lessons revealing his signature techniques, harmonic approaches and improvisational prowess in 335 Blues and 335 Improv. Yet over all these years, Larry’s never showed us exactly how he plays his hit songs from the first measure to the last… until now!
Larry Carlton’s 335 Hits is the first time that Larry lifts the hood on the exact voicings, melodies, fingerings and improvisational approaches that he uses when performing nine of his hit songs on stage; Room 335, Smiles & Smiles To Go, Alone But Never Alone, Hello Tomorrow, RCM, High Steppin’, Terry T, Kid Gloves and Red Hot Poker.
Using both electric and acoustic guitars, Larry performs each of the songs over the actual rhythm tracks from his Grammy-nominated Greatest Hits Rerecorded album.After each performance, Larry steps you through the song melody and rhythm parts measure-by-measure, chord-by-chord, note-by-note. True to Mr 335 form, the solos are improvised following the principles that Larry outlined in his 335 Improv course. While Larry does not break down the solos, we transcribed them note-by-note and include the corresponding tab, standard notation and Guitar Pro files in the course.
Everything in 335 Hits is transcribed, tabbed and notated. You’ll also get interactive tablature and notation (Guitar Pro 5/6 and Tux) so that you can loop any section of the song, see and hear the notation, adjust the tempo and play along to your heart’s delight.
Larry also includes all of the original rhythm tracks from the album to work with on your own. That means you’ll be playing with top session players Jeff Babko on keyboards, bassist Travis Carlton, über-drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and saxophonist Paul Cerra. Like we said… very generous!
Larry, on behalf of your guitar-playing fans all around the world — thank you, thank you, thank you!
Larry Carlton, Robert Williams, and 335 Records present GIVE BACK JAPAN benefiting The Red Cross & The School Music Revival Project
Larry Carlton, Robert Williams, and the whole 335 Records team present GIVE BACK JAPAN benefiting The Red Cross & The School Music Revival Project!
Three Gibson ES-335 Guitars signed by famous musicians from all over the world to be auctioned off thanks to Tokyo Jazz festival and Yahoo Japan.
Two of the three guitars are Gibson “Larry Carlton ES-335′s” which is Larry’s official Signature model. The third guitar is a Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured Gloss Vintage Sunburst. All three guitars feature world famous musicians such as John Oates, Tak Matsumoto, Dave Koz, Paul Brown, Brad Paisley, Lee Ritenour, Derek Trucks, Leon Russell, Chris Botti, George Duke, Alan Jackson, and many more.
First item to be auctioned is can be found at the links below:
This week, Larry Carlton was in the TrueFire Studio to shoot his upcoming course in which he will show you how to play 10 of his greatest hits, such as “Room 335″ and “Hello Tomorrow”. He had a blast putting together this project and can’t wait to share it with you. In the meantime, check out the clips below for a sneak peek behind the scenes:
August 13th – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Tickets
with Sonny Landreth and B.B. King with Special Guests David Hidalgo & Larry Carlton
August 16th – Aurora, IL – RiverEdge Park – Tickets
with Sonny Landreth and B.B. King with Special Guests Rick Nielsen & Larry Carlton
August 17th – Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Hotel & Casino – Tickets
with Sonny Landreth and B.B. King with Special Guests Rick Nielsen & Larry Carlton
For more information, please visit – http://framptonsguitarcircus.com/
Guitarist Larry Carlton is both a well respected session guitarist and leader; but also a icon that has played on well over 4,000 recordings ranging from jazz, soul, and film scores. In a career that spans some 45 years, Carlton’s distictive guitar style has added flavor to musicians like Donald Fagan, Joni Mitchell, The Crusaders, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Mike Post and other bands and musicians that are way to long to mention. The 19-time-Grammy Award Nominee and 4-time winner was again nominated for an award during this year’s 2013 ceremonies and is a recipient of many other jazz and guitar awards.
Larry named his recording studio as well as his record label 335 Records after his nickname, which was named after a Gibson model guitar that he made famous during his time as a session musician during the 1970′s. His latest release “Larry Carlton and Robben Ford: Unplugged”, is a live set with famed blues guitarist Robben Ford.
The New Morning club in Paris presents the incredible – and long awaited – pairing of two guitar giants for their first Unplugged show. Imagine: Larry Carlton and Special Guest Robben Ford, two legendary guitarists… one stage unplugged… a guitar lover’s dream! This unique pairing of two all-time great guitar legends delivers an unforgettable evening of dueling guitar solos and an uncompromising evening of The Blues performed the way it was meant to be.
Nineteen-time GRAMMY NOMINEE, four-time GRAMMY WINNER and all-time guitar great, Larry Carlton established himself from his first recording, A Little Help From My Friends. His studio credits include musicians and groups like Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and literally dozens of others. He went on to perform with the Crusaders and then with the multi platinum jazz super group Fourplay. With more than 30 albums to his credit and having performed on over 100 albums that have gone Gold or Platinum, Larry Carlton has set a standard for artistry that spans three decades.
Joining forces with Larry in Paris is Robben Ford who at 18 he was playing with the likes of Charlie Musselwhite, Jimmy Witherspoon, the L.A. Express with Tom Scott, George Harrison, and Joni Mitchell. He was a founding member of the Yellowjackets, then went on to tour with Miles Davis, Sadao Watanabe, and Little Feat. In 1992 he returned to his roots: the blues – a genre he masters in most exquisite grand style.
￼￼￼￼￼1. NM Blues 08
2. That Road
4. Cold Gold
5. Hand In Hand With The Blues
6. Amen AC
7. I Put A Spell On You
8. Rio Samba
DVD features: Before the Show
CD – $18.95
DVD – $24.95
by S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews
Back in high school while my buddies were air guitaring to Led Zeppelin, Boston and Lynard Skynard, ol’ Ish here played out fantasies of ripping up the fret board like Larry Carlton. I got hooked on his super tasty, blues-based guitar work from his time with Steely Dan and the Crusaders (it was only later that I discovered that he played on a jillion other records of every musical style around that time). When Carlton left the Crusaders by the end of ’76, he embarked on a solo career that he pursued earnestly up to this day, racking up four Grammies and 19 Grammy nominations along the way. I followed his solo career closely from the late 70s through the mid 90s and on and off after that, depending on whether his project was more or less commercially inclined.
Four Hands & A Heart Volume One, currently his most recent project, most definitely falls on the non-commercial side of the Larry ledger. These are tracks performed entirely by Mr. 335 himself, each with a rhythm guitar, a lead guitar and sometimes a rhythm track that I could have sworn came from a Casio keyboard. Moreover, every song came from Carlton’s first three Warner Bros. releases that were also his first three albums of his post-Crusaders solo career: Larry Carlton (1978), Strikes Twice (1980) and Sleepwalk (1982).
Carlton is a seriously polished producer and songwriter in addition to being a phenomenal guitarist, so it might be tempting to slam Four Hands & A Heart as the half assed work of someone taking the easy way out by recycling old tunes and making what are essentially demos out of them. That’s one way to look at it, but looking at it in such a way overlooks the real, substantial merits of this album. Carlton takes these songs and — unless they’re ballads like “It Was Only Yesterday” — slows them down from their original renderings. By doing so, he makes it easier for guitar enthusiasts dissect his lead parts on songs that were originally played with impossibly complex chord clusters played in tightly compacted spaces. And Carlton’s leads sound great slow as much as they sound great fast, because of the nuance and feel he invests into every note; “Room 335″ and “Strikes Twice” are such guitar burners heard in an entirely different light as they’re stripped and decelerated.
Secondly, removing all that production leaves these songs bare, and that makes it easier to appreciate what memorable, nicely constructed melodies Carlton was crafting at a time when he was known only as the pre-eminent studio guitarist in L.A. Carlton’s minor charting hit, “Sleepwalk” is featured, too, although that’s the lone song that’s not his own, and offers perhaps the least revelations with this rendition. The old school fans like me will notice that the songs are all sequenced in the same way as they were on the original albums, when allowing for the songs he skipped. Curiously though, the Sleepwalk songs come before the earlier songs from Strikes Twice.
So although Four Hands & A Heart Volume One might be narrowly focused in its mission, there’s something in it for Larry Carlton fans of every stripe. Guitar fans will find plenty of the accomplished six-string performances Carlton never fails at delivering, even at the leisurely pace found here. Original fans will get to walk down memory lane with Carlton as he takes on strains of solid songs guys like me hadn’t heard in years. And later fans get a fine introduction to his pre-”Smiles And Smiles To Go” fare.
One final thing about this record that’s pretty damned neat: here is a musician who, with all his accomplishments spanning four decades, makes a demo-like record that could have been by some talented but unknown musician to shop around to record labels in hopes of catching his first big break. And yet, this record earned Carlton that 19th Grammy nomination. So, I guess he passed the audition.