Larry Carlton is one of the very finest jazz guitarists alive, and performing. Each release is something new and imaginative for jazz fans throughout the world! Oftentimes, Larry Carlton is referred to by critics and his peers as the guitarist's guitarist, and it is true.
Commencing with his first release in 1968, "With A Little Help From My Friends," Carlton has continually given something new & different to the music world. He was winner of the NARAS Award for "Most Valuable Player Guitarist" for 1973, 1974, 1975 then named "Player Emeritus" and retired from eligibility. Through the 1970s, the 1980s, the 1990s, and now into the year 2000 and ahead, he just keeps on playing that wonderful unstoppable guitar with his subtle inflections, complex and imaginative nuances, and total mastery of numerous musical styles.
"Fingerprints" is Larry Carlton at his best. Two songs sure to catch the jazz listeners' ears with their powerful emotionalism and melodies are "The Storyteller" and "Crying Hands." Kirk Whalum on saxophone joins Carlton on the lively, inventive "Chicks With Kickstands," a very, very energetic selection! "Gracias," written by Carlton, is jointly played in a guitar duet with singer Vince Gill. This is an interesting look at another side of the talented Vince Gill, as guitarist!
"Lazy Susan" is another selection that leaves an impact! Each selection is excellent. Matt Rollings, keyboards, Michael McDonald, singer, also appear on this cd, along with Abraham Laboriel, Kirk Whalum, Lenny Castro, Luis Conte, Vinnie Colaiuta, among others.
Delicious jazz to listen to day or night or both! Larry Carlton's great, enduring talent is wonderfully showcased in this cd. A great jazz listening adventure awaits the listener in "Fingerprints."