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Guitarist Larry Carlton, best known for his session work with Steely Dan and his own popular smooth-jazz projects, may not be the first musician you think of when it comes to playing the blues. However, his superb picking on Sapphire Blue should foster a major change in perception. On eight blues-oriented tracks, Carlton lays down biting improvisations that practically jump off the disc, so emotive and skillful are they. Tempos vary, but Carlton is comfortable no matter the pace; his fast solos have a decisive snap, and his slow solos are deeply expressive. The title track, an extended slow blues, is a breathtaking feature for the leader, exhibiting his finesse and his taste in equal measure. There’s fine contributions from all involved -- drummer Billy Kilson, saxophonists Mark Douthit and Jim Horn (who also contributed the crafty horn arrangements) among them -- but attention never drifts too far from Carlton, who makes the most of his extensive solo space. In his album notes, he claims that he was given “complete creative freedom” on Sapphire Blue; obviously, he knew just what to do with it.
Performance CreditsLarry Carlton Primary Artist,Guitar
Matt Rollings fender rhodes
Eric Darken Percussion
Mark Douthit Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Chris Dunn Trombone
Billy Kilson Drums
Terry McMillan Harmonica
Steve Patrick Trumpet
Michael Rhodes Bass
Reese Wynans Hammond Organ
Technical CreditsLarry Carlton Composer,Producer
Mark Capps Engineer
Csaba Petocz Engineer
Todd Gunnerson Assistant Tracking Engineer
Jack Frisch Art Direction
Aldo Ruggiero Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sapphire Blue based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
It's been released in asia,,,,, well were still waiting here in the U.S. If your a guitarist you'll want all of larrys stuff, and theirs noplace like B&N to get it....
I saw 4 sets in NYC December 6th & 7th at the Iridium. The band & material are both exceptional. If this CD is 1/4th as good as the shows, it's Grammy material!