Eighteen-time Grammy nominee, three-time Grammy winner and all-time guitar great, Larry Carlton established himself from his first recording, A Little Help From My Friends. His 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. He went on to perform with the Crusaders and then with the multi platinum jazz super group Fourplay. With 30 albums to his credit and having performed on over 100 albums that have gone Gold or Platinum, Larry Carlton has set a standard for artistry that spans three decades.
In 2008 Larry Carlton received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar Player magazine at the historical Ryman Auditorium and was presented the "Titan of Tone" award from Premier Guitar Magazine at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Larry also picked up 2 more Grammy nominations bringing his career total to 18 nominations with 3 Grammy wins! Larry's "Greatest Hits Rerecorded - Volume One" released by 335 Records was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album and "Fortune Teller" from Fourplay's Energy was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
In February 2010 Larry Carlton announced that after having had the distinct privilege of enjoying the past 12 years of its 20 year history with Fourplay he has decided to take his leave to delve further into his solo career. (Press Release) As Larry looks to the future he is excited about all of the new projects that he is working on and looks forward to sharing them with his loyal fans. Individual projects with Robben Ford, with Keb Mo, with Tak Matsumoto (largest rock star in S.E. Asia) and last but not least, his album honoring Gamble & Huff’s Sounds of Philadelphia (T.S.O.P) are already completed or in their final stages of completion. Fans can be sure that Larry will continue to deliver great music that will inspire generations to come and live up to the quality that they have come to expect from him.
It must have taken more than one lifetime of music to produce Larry Carlton, he is the sum and son of a long lineage, beyond time, and beyond rational explanations of dedication or practice, the work of his hands speaks grace and passion and timeless knowledge. Listen, learn and be profoundly moved. Sting
"If Royal Scam is the definitive Steely Dan guitar album, then Larry Carlton is the reason why." Walter Becker
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