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Larry Carlton Featuring Terry McMillan

Larry Carlton Featuring Terry McMillan - Renegade Gentleman - 1993 - GRP

Renegade Gentleman finds Larry Carlton creating a vibrant mix of Southern rock, blues, and fusion. It is refreshing not to hear the drum machines and overproduced horn and keyboard arrangements that have become typical of a Carlton-led session. This setting finds Larry playing very comfortably with harmonica whiz Terry McMillan, a legend in Nashville. "Sleep Medicine" and "Anthem" are both excellent vehicles for Carlton to shine, and "Farm Jazz" gets a welcome facelift from its dismal debut on Kid Gloves. Overall, Carlton achieved what he seemed to be striving for, although there are some rather embarrassing moments ("Never Say Naw"). Recommended mostly due to Carlton's stretching out and fresh approach. © Robert Taylor ©2013 Rovi Corp | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/album/release/renegade-gentleman-mr0003707188

"Terry and I met about eight years ago through a mutual friend. When Chet Atkins introduced us he may not have had an idea of what was to come, but Terry and I did. Terry is one great Blues Harmonica player who sings and plays with unsurpassed feeling. He lives outside of Nashville and records with most of the great country superstars. He performed with Neil Young at Live Aid, sat in with Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis and has been part of some of the hottest projects in the music business. When you listen to Terry you hear his influences - you hear Paul Butterfield, John Mayall and Little Walter. But most of all, you hear Terry. Terry is a real show stopper, and I'll gladly share my stage with him on my upcoming tour.So when you listen to this music, enjoy the ride. Just sit back and be ready to rock and be moved". - Larry Carlton

Much of Larry Carlton's output has been of the "smooth jazz" variety. If you like good smooth jazz, that's ok. If you like the bluesier side of Larry, then "Renegade Gentleman" displays plenty of great blues guitar and some terrific harmonica blowing from the Nashville, Tennessee harmonica player Terry McMillan. Don't forget to check out Larry's work with the Partridge Family ! (lol) But seriously, if you like Grade A jazz/fusion guitar listen to Larry's amazing live "Last Nite" album. Listen to Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather's "No Substitutions: Live in Osaka" and wonder how anybody can play guitar so well. Listen to Steely Dan's "The Royal Scam", which features some inspired playing by Larry. Larry's guitar solo on "Kid Charlemagne" from the album turned a great rock song into a classic rock track. The solo is listed as the third best guitar solo on record by Rolling Stone Magazine. No matter what music genre Larry Carlton chooses to play, he is without doubt one of the world's greatest all time guitarists [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 132 Mb]


1 Crazy Mama 4:32
2 R.C.M. 5:05
3 Sleep Medicine 4:20
4 Cold Day in Hell 6:03
5 Anthem 4:32
6 Amen A.C. 4:48
7 Never Say Naw 6:54
8 Farm Jazz 5:26
9 Nothin' Comes Easy 5:58
10 Bogner 4:46
11 Red Hot Poker 3:49

Tracks 2,3,5,8,9,10,11 composed by Larry Carlton: Track 1 composed by J.J. Cale: Track 4 composed by Terry McMillan & Barbara Jones: Track 6 composed by Larry Carlton & Terry McMillan: Track 7 composed by Percy Mayfield

N.B: Some versions of this album include a 12th track, "I Gotta Right". Other versions exclude Track 8, "Farm Jazz". On the album posted here, "I Gotta Right" is not listed on the inside sleeve track notes, but IS included on the CD back listing


Larry Carlton - Guitar on all tracks: Vocals on "Crazy Mama" & "Never Say Naw"
Michael Rhodes - Bass on all tracks
Chuck Leavell - Keyboards on 1,4,6,7,9
Matt Rollings - Keyboards on 2,3,5,8,10,11
John Ferraro - Drums on 2,3,5,8,10
Chris Layton - Drums on 1,4,6,7,9
Terry McMillan - Harmonica on all tracks: Percussion on 2,3,5,8,10,11: Vocals on "Cold Day In Hell" & "I Gotta Right"


The impressive career of jazz guitarist Larry Carlton dates back more than 30 years. During the 1970s and 1980s, Carlton served as a session player with some of the biggest and most respected names in the music industry, covering a vast musical terrain. Although often referred to as a "smooth" jazz musician, he aptly played everything from rock, pop, folk, and jazz to country, gospel, and R&B. His credits include work with the likes of John Lennon, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, and hundreds of others. At the height of his career as a session player, he contributed to more than 500 recordings per year and, in total, played on more than 100 gold albums. He furthermore worked on numerous film and television soundtracks, including the theme from the show Hill Street Blues, which won a Grammy Award in 1981 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. All the while, Carlton gained recognition for his own work in the studio and on stage. After securing a major-label contract in 1977, he recorded several solo albums and, in March of 2002, at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, won the prize with fellow guitarist Steve Lukather for Best Pop Instrumental Album for No Substitutions: Live in Osaka. Lawrence Eugene Carlton was born on March 2, 1948, in Torrance, California. He displayed an aptitude for music early in life. Picking up the guitar at the age of six, he subsequently discovered jazz while in junior high school after hearing the album Moment of Truth by the Gerald Wilson Big Band, featuring guitarist Joe Pass. As a high school student, Carlton also gravitated toward players such as Barney Kessel, Wes Montgomery, and B. B. King, as well as saxophonist John Coltrane. He was influenced in particular by Coltrane’s classic album from 1962 entitled Ballads. Throughout the early 1960s, Carlton honed his skills playing club gigs and taking on occasional studio work in and around Los Angeles. In 1968 he released his debut album, With a Little Help from My Friends, which proved a success among critics and colleagues. Immediately, the entertainment/media industry took notice, and the young guitarist landed a job playing with a group of singers, the Going Thing, for radio and television commercials. In that same year Carlton toured with the group the Fifth Dimension. Then, during the middle of his second year as a professional, he was appointed musical director for the Emmy-nominated children’s television show Mrs. Alphabet. With this gig, Carlton additionally displayed his acting skills as "Larry Guitar," the show’s co-star. By 1970 Carton was regarded as a solid session player, and his early studio dates included work for pop stars such as Vicki Carr, Andy Williams, and the Partridge Family. In 1971 he accepted an offer to join the legendary jazz/rock group the Crusaders, remaining with the band until 1976. In between touring and making records with the Crusaders, Carlton, who released his second album, Singing/Playing, in 1973, continued to contribute to the recordings of other artists. Some of his most celebrated performances of the decade include Joni Mitchell’s 1974 album, Court and Spark, and Steely Dan’s 1976 recording, The Royal Scam. On both works, Carlton displayed his distinctive style—one marked by a bluesy sound and the use of a volume pedal. "I try to exercise the utmost taste at all times," he said of his technique to Guitar Player in February of 1977. "That’s where a lot of players falter—they try to impress too many people. I’m a subtle guitarist, but it pays off. The expression of honesty and emotion best describes what I try to do when I pick up my guitar." When Carlton’s association with the Crusaders ended, the guitarist opted to concentrate more on solo work and signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records. Remaining with the label through the early part of the 1980s, he released six albums during this period: Larry Carlton, Strikes Twice, Mr. 335 Live in Japan, Sleepwalk, Eight Times Up, and Friends. In 1985 Carlton moved to MCA Records, releasing three albums—Alone/But Never Alone, Discovery, and Last Night— the following year. The song "Minute by Minute," recorded with Michael McDonald, won Carlton his second Grammy Award in 1987 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. Additionally, Carlton’s live album Last Night received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Jazz Fusion Performance. In 1988, while working on his next album for MCA, Carlton was shot in the neck outside his Los Angeles-area home, leaving him temporarily without control of his left arm. Fortunately, a positive attitude and intensive therapy allowed him to make a full recovery. The event also encouraged Carlton to form Helping Innocent People (HIP), a nonprofit organization designed to aid the victims of random gun violence. "It made me realize that we’re all the same, that good and bad things can happen at any time," he told Los Angeles Times writer Bill Kohlhaase of the incident. "It was a very humbling experience. I was fortunate that nine months after the shooting I was back to playing, if not better than ever, and had full use of my arm." Just one year after the shooting, in 1989, Carlton released the Grammy Award-nominated set On Solid Ground. In 1990 MCA acquired GRP Records, placing all the label’s jazz artists on the new subsidiary. That year, GRP released an album of Carlton’s "greatest hits" for MCA entitled Collection Vol. 1. His next effort, the 1992 poporiented jazz set Kid Gloves, saw Carlton for the first time combining electric and acoustic elements on the same album. Afterwards, Carlton resumed work on a blues-based album he had begun back in 1991 with drummer John Ferraro, keyboardist Matt Rollings, bassist Michael Rhodes, and harmonica player Terry McMillan. He took six original tracks to Nashville, met up once more with Rhodes and McMillan, as well as new drummer Chris Layton, and recorded four new songs. The resulting Renegade Gentlemen appeared in 1993. Following an extensive tour, Carlton teamed with Four play guitarist Lee Ritenour for the album Larry and Lee. Released in 1995, it garnered Carlton another Grammy Award nomination. In 1996 he returned with The Gift, followed by the release of Collection Vol. 2 in 1997. That same year, he accepted an offer to join Fourplay, as Ritenour had departed in order to form his own label. He recorded three albums with the band—including 4 in 1998, the Christmas album Snowbound in 1999, and Yes, Please! in 2000—while simultaneously pursuing his solo work. Returning to Warner Bros., he released Fingerprints in 2000. The following year, Carlton and longtime friend/guitarist Steve Lukather toured for three weeks together in Japan. The highlights of these concerts were thereafter released by the Favored Nations label under the title No Substitutions: Live in Osaka, which won a Grammy Award the following year. Back in 1996, Carlton relocated from his Hollywood Hills home to the Nashville area in order to live closer to Lebanon, Tennessee, home of his children from a previous marriage, and to fulfill a longtime dream of living in the country. "I knew in my 20s that I wanted to eventually live a more rural lifestyle," he explained to Michael McCall in the Los Angeles Times. "I was born and raised in Torrance, but my parents are Okies. As a kid, I’d go on vacations to farms in southeastern Oklahoma. We’d fish and hunt, and I’d ride horses and play along the rivers and creeks. I always loved that, and I wanted to have that kind of a life as an adult." Carlton and his second wife, Michele Pillar, a former Contemporary Christian singer, make their home on a 100-acre farm in the community of Lieper’s Fork, Tennessee. Besides assuming a simpler way of life, Carlton also found the music scene in Nashville much more fulfilling. "In the music community, and especially the song-writing community, it’s just an open book here," Carlton told Los Angeles Times contributor Josef Woodard. "They welcome you, they appreciate you and want to interact with you.… It’s not clique-y like it can be in Los Angeles. Consequently, there are many opportunities to interact with people who you think are great." Although he does not miss living in Los Angeles, Carlton nevertheless looks forward to frequent visits to play gigs and spend time with his parents and friends. © 2011 Answers Corporation http://www.answers.com/topic/larry-carlton

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