Larry Carlton to Perform with the Nashville Symphony

One of the greatest guitarists working today, 19-time GRAMMY® nominee and multiple GRAMMY® Award winner Larry Carlton will create a special kind of magic that can only happen when you put a top-notch musician in a world-class concert hall.

An accomplished solo artist and an in-demand session player who has appeared on recordings by Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton and countless others, he’s known the world over for his flawless technique, searing solos and true artist’s heart, with a smooth, singular style that incorporates jazz, blues, pop and rock.

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Larry Carlton to Perform as a Special Guest to Steely Dan!

Larry Carlton Steely Dan

Larry Carlton in his Steely Dan days.

Larry Carlton will be performing “The Royal Scam” plus select hits with Steely Dan on September 23, 2011 at the Beacon Theatre in New York, NY (2124 Broadway New York, NY 10023).

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Larry Carlton Special on L1 Radio

There will be a Larry Carlton special on L1 Radio, with an interview recorded in Verviers, Belgium, on Saturday August 13th. The special will last approximately 45 minutes, and will be broadcast between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm local time (GMT+1). In US Eastern time this is between 9:00 am and 10:00 am. You can listen to the broadcast via internet.

You can use a browser and go to: (you may need the Windows Media Player plugin) CLICK HERE

You can also use one of the following URL’s in media player software with the ability to stream internet radio:
mms:// – Windows Media Audio Stream via MMS
rtsp:// – Windows Media Audio stream via RTSP – Windows Media Audio stream via HTTP – MP3 stream via HTTP

Tune in and let us know what you think of the interview on Larry’s guestbook or facebook!

…….Intro John Hendrix

1. 0.07 Stationcall LC
2. 4.40 Kid Charlemagne (Becker/Fagen) Steely Dan – cd The Royal Scam – MCA MCAD 31193 (1976)
3. 1.40 Int LC : I Started…..
4. 5.51 Stomp and buck dance (Henderson) – Crusaders – cd Southern Comfort – Blue Thumb MCAD 6016 (1976)
5. 1.20 Int LC : Huge influence….
6. 5.48 Smiles and smiles to go (Carlton) – Larry Carlton – cd Alone but never alone – MCA 5689 (1987)
7. 0.36 Int LC : As life is….
8. 5.28 Farm Jazz (Carlton) – Larry Carlton feat. Terry Mc Millan (1953-2007) – cd Renegade gentleman – GRP 97442 (1993)
9. 0.43 Int LC : 1982
10. 4.37 Sleepwalk (Farina/arr.Carlton) – Larry Carlton – cd Sleepwalk – GRP 01262 (1982)
11. 3.04 Interview Iain Lawson (telefoon Halifax GB)
12. 5.07 Honey samba (Carlton) – Larry Carlton – cd On solid ground – GRP 01062 (1989)
13. 027 Int LC : Own label….
14. 5.39 Room 335 (Carlton) – Larry Carlton – cd Larry Carlton – WEA K 56548

Performance Videos from Spirit of 66 in Belgium

Check out these live performance videos from Larry Carlton’s European tour stop at the Spirit of 66 in Verviers, Belgium:

“Smiles and Smiles To Go”

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Larry Carlton’s Sound of Philadelphia Album Review by Vintage Guitar

Larry Carlton’s latest album, Larry Carlton Plays the Sound of Philadelphia: A Tribute to Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, was recently reviewed by Vintage Guitar magazine. Check it out:

On this album, some of the most soulful songs in the history of pop music get lush melodic arrangements accompanied by a guitarist noted for his technical skill and soulful playing. But is it a good fit? The answer is “yes.” And while some may argue the song selection and arrangements here play it too safe, anyone familiar with later Wes Montgomery records could argue there is no better way!

The Spinners were a big part of the Sound of Philly, and theirs are three of the best cuts here. Carlton uses octaves and double-stops for the melody on “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love.” Vocals fill the chorus, while Carlton plays melodic fills and an on-the money solo. “I’ll Be Around” stands as a high point. The other Spinners tune, “Mighty Love,” gets the full 335 treatment on the melody with a big, fat sound that cuts like a knife through butter. Cuts like “Back Stabbers,” “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” and “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” feature Carlton covering the melodies, darting around chord changes, and lending the necessary soul.

Some won’t like the arrangements, the addition of voices, or the song choices on this set. But it’s difficult to question Carlton’s soulfulness and ability.

Larry Carlton Makes List of The 50 Greatest Guitar Tones of All Time

Guitar Player magazine released a list of the 50 Greatest Guitar Tones of All Time in their July issue, and Larry Carlton made the list, with his work on “Kid Charlemagne” noted as his signature tune. From the article:

Whereas many studio guitarists tend to stay in the background, Larry Carlton exerts his personality so strongly on this classic Steely Dan tune that he pretty much assumes co-star status. Plugging his tried-and-true tobacco sunburst Gibson ES-335 into a cranked Fender Princeton Reverb, Mr. 335 floored the guitar community with his touch, phrasing, and awesome tone. And, although his gear choices would shift to include Dumble and Boogie, this solo represents the Carlton tone. In the words of his disciple, Steve Lukather: “It’s all in his hands and heart, man!”

Words from the Master
“I have the claw thing happening down there on the strings when I play. It lets me know where I’m at, but I’d have better technique if I held my hand free of the strings.”

“I pick hard. In fact, I overplay the instrument. I’ve been squeezing a pick since I was six, and the pressure has curved by index finger. At this point, my hands have molded themselves to fit the guitar.”

“People often ask me, ‘How do I learn to hit the right notes when I solo?’ My advice is simple: Learn harmony. Once you know what notes go into a particular chord, you can base your lines around them, and you won’t get lost. The key to playing great melodies lies in understanding chords.”

The Article
Larry Carlton Greatest Tone

Listen to “Kid Charlemagne”

“Kid Charlemagne” Named One of the Most Influential Rock Solos Ever

Guitar Player magazine released a list of the 40 Most Influential Rock Solos Ever in their June issue, and Larry Carlton’s solo on “Kid Charlemagne” made the list! From the article:

Carlton was already a session legend known for his smooth-as-silk lines that were reminiscent of Wes, Pass, and Trane when he cut this Steely track. But when Mr. 335 combined a rock dude’s tone with a jazzer’s harmonic sensibilities, he created the standard by which every jazz rocker would be judged. Ask Steve Lukather, Robben Ford, or Mike Stern what impact this solo had on them. Alright then.

Larry Carlton Kid Charlemagne

A Message from Larry Carlton to Director Daniel Farhi

Dear Daniel,

Congratulations & good luck with the Geneva New Morning 30th Anniversary Film Festival! I see it is featuring our 2006 club’s celebration show. I haven’t forgotten that it was in Tokyo that we first discussed and organized this celebration & I’d like to tell you & all my musicians friends & fans in Switzerland how much I & everyone at 335 Records were moved by the devastation that Japan has experienced further to the earthquake and tsunami. Our hearts go out to all the people affected by this terrible tragedy.

In April, Robert Williams announced that I would be donating five Gibson Custom Larry Carlton ES-335 guitars to help Japan. We are sending the guitars around the world to collect signatures from some big stars. One guitar has been shipped to the Blue Note Tokyo; another is in Toronto with the Durham Radio group ; another is headed to the Montreux Jazz Festival & another will reach the New Morning 30th Anniversary Film Festival in Geneva. The guitars will later be sold at auction after touring for 6 months, with all of the proceeds going to relief efforts.

We hope that you also will extend your hand in whatever way you can. Thanks!

- Larry

Click here to learn more about the film festival, which will feature 3 Larry Carlton concert films (PDF)

Listen NOW to the Larry Carlton Special on The Paul Leslie Hour

The Larry Carlton Special on The Paul Leslie Hour:

Larry Carlton Named One of the 10 Greatest-Ever Session Guitarists by Gibson

Larry CarltonSession guitarists are often the music world’s equivalent of baseball’s utility infielder—unheralded players whose talents are cloaked in anonymity. Ironically, however, such guitarists also tend to be supremely accomplished, possessing, as they do, the versatility and improvisational skills necessary to accommodate a wide range of styles. Some go on to make a name for themselves beyond session work, while others are content to maintain their roles as indispensable studio mavens. Larry is one player that represents both sides of that spectrum.

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