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The Very Best of Larry Carlton collects tracks from the smooth jazz guitarist's various late-'80s and '90s albums for both MCA and GRP. Carlton is one of the forerunners of the instrumental pop movement, and while his work is by no means revolutionary, it is largely considered to be some of the best of the genre. Included are such tracks as "Smiles and Smiles to Go," "Hello Tomorrow," and "Emotions Wound Us." While fans of Carlton will most likely own all of his albums already, this collection makes for a solid introduction to his work.


Born: 02 March 1948 in Torrance, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Like so many other Los Angeles studio musicians, guitarist and composer Larry Carlton was faced with a choice a number of years back: whether to go solo and develop a name for himself, or to continue the less risky, more lucrative existence of a session guitarist, making good money and recording with prominent musicians. Fortunately for fans of this eclectic guitarist, he chose the former, and has recorded under his own name for Warner Bros., MCA Records, GRP Records, and various other labels since...
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