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Number one Jazz Guitar album of all time

This is Larry's first mainstream album--although there was one that preceded this under his own name. Of course, this legendary studio guitarist has played with everyone from Steely Dan to the Crusaders as well as his own sessions, countless films, the Grammy winning theme from "Hill Street Blues," and more. This sounds as current today is it did when I bought it on vinyl "back in the day." Room 335 is his classic. Any person interested in music, from jazz to pop to rock, and certainly any musician, must download this and listen to it repeatedly. The solos are magnificent, the backing musicians are first-class: this is a polished, but not canned or "corporate" sounding release. These are people at the top of their game and this was originally recorded 30 years ago! Larry of course now tours as part of Fourplay in addition to headlining his own gigs worldwide. Add this to your iTunes library, you will not regret it.

LC's Answer to "Blow By Blow"

I had been into Larry Carlton before this album, through his work with the Crusaders, Steely Dan, and his earlier solo project "Singing/Playing." This album, however, was the one that really sealed the deal for me.
When I first heard this, I was just blown away by the fiery chops of this guy. It's as if Larry had been listening to Jeff Beck's rock-to-jazz crossover "Blow By Blow" and decided to crossover himself, only from jazz-to-rock.
This album features the debut of 2 of his perennial classics, "Point It Up" and "Don't Give It Up," as well as several other choice cuts.
The only songs that don't hold up quite as well are the 2 vocal tracks (2 & 6), but even those songs have tasty guitar work to redeem them.
I only wish Larry would take a break from his current smooth jazz trip and do more recordings like this one.

Life Changing Event

When I was 16, I was heavy into what we now call classic rock. A friend of mine gave me a cassette tape he had recorded with Lee Ritenour's "Feel the Night" on one side and "Larry Carlton" on the other. It forever changed my musical horizons.

Biography

Born: March 2, 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...
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