Sunday, September 07, 2008

Larry Carlton Covers Songs - By King Of Thailand

Brian Soergel's Smooth Jazz Scoop

In addition to his work with with smooth jazz supergroup Fourplay and throughout his long solo career, legendary guitarist Larry Carlton has also played the music of numerous musicians as one of the most prolific studio musicians ever. Soon, though, Carlton will offer a CD that has a unique origin: All the songs are Larry’s interpretations of music written by the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Needless to say, the King is a fan of Carlton’s and asked him to perform last year for his 80th birthday celebration in Thailand. The result is a nine-song CD titled The Jazz King, comprised of eight songs written by the King and one new track written by Carlton, “Celebration.” Among those joining Carlton on the CD are Fourplay members Nathan East and Harvey Mason, as well as saxophonist Tom Scott, guitarist Earl Klugh and Carlton’s wife, vocalist Michelle Pillar.

The King of Thailand is considered to be a accomplished jazz musician. He plays the sax and has recorded with Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Maynard Ferguson and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Carlton says “The Jazz King” will be released soon on his own 335 Records.

Originally Posted by Brian Soergel 9/5/08

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