Before starting a solo career under his own name, Larry Carlton was widely known as a very successful Los Angeles studio musician.
Some of the people he played with : Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell (on her
'Court and Spark' album), Quincy Jones, Donald Fagen (on his excellent
'The Nightfly' album), Michael Jackson, Steve Lukather, Lee Ritenour and many more.
He also played in the bands 'Fourplay' and 'The Crusaders'.
His most important influences are Wes Montgomery and Barney Kessel, but also B.B. King and Joe Pass.
Recommended listening : 'Last Nite' (live).
1) The following tablature comes out of Larry Carlton's solo on Steely Dan's 'Kid Charlemagne' on the album 'The Royal Scam'. Rolling Stone magazine called Carlton's solo one of the 3 greatest guitar solo's in rock history.
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