Review of Larry Carlton & Robben Ford Unplugged

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.”

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