Smooth jazz guitarist, Larry Carlton was recently presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Guitar Player magazine.
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 as 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 since 1978.
Carlton’s studio credits include musicians and groups like Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and literally dozens of others. Among his more notable projects as a session guitarist were Joni Mitchell’s critically acclaimed Court and Spark album and Donald Fagen’s Nightfly album.
To see Guitar Player magazine’s video montage of the guitarist’s innumerable hits and awards, follow this link, mr335.tv.
Larry recently celebrated his 60th birthday and in June his guitar solo on Steely Dan’s Kid Charlemagne made Rolling Stones’ list of 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time. (See here.)
For more information on Larry Carlton you can visit his website, larrycarlton.com.
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