Renegade Gentlemen

“Since he left the Crusuders in 1977, Larry Carlton has recorded about a dozen fusion records which have increasingly become less rock-oriented and more of the generic-sounding soft music you hear on “smooth jazz” radio stations. This is unfortunate, because anyone who has heard Steely Dan’s song “Kid Charlamane” just once knows that LC is a damned good blues-based rock guitarist at heart. A few years ago Carlton enlisted lesser-known blues harmonicist Terry McMillan and recorded some songs that bring back this side of Larry, and it is a real treat to hear him in this format.

For this record, Carlton chucks the too-perfect pristine guitar playing in favor of some good ‘n’ dirty blues-rock licks that reminds us that he can spit and chew with Clapton as well as he can with Atkins. In McMillan he has found a soulmate for this project, a powerful harmonica player who is somewhat reminiscent of Little Walter and who holds his own against LC’s super-charged guitar. I sure wish he had sang on more songs, because he did some pretty good blues wailing on “Cold Day in Hell”, my favorite track on the record. But almost every other song is good, too. Larry himself sings on a couple of tracks, but he was never much of a singer. “Farm Jazz” is a high-powered and superior version of the song he orginally released on “Kid Gloves”. Other songs range from Allman Brothers to Robben Ford.

Carlton breaks no new ground on the record, but it is his most fun and enjoyable record in many years. He should do more of these. Welcome back home, Larry.”

Track Listing:
1. Crazy Mama
2. R.C.M.
3. Sleep Medicine
4. Cold Day In Hell
5. Anthem
6. Amen A.C.
7. Never Say Naw
8. Farm Jazz
9. Nothin’ Comes
10. Bogner
11. Red Hot Poker

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