For nearly 20 years the band Fourplay has been, arguably, one of the leaders in the contemporary jazz/pop market. Their initial forays as a recording and performing unit included acclaimed session guitarist and instrumentalist Lee Ritenour. When Ritenour left to pursue other musical vistas the incomparable Larry Carlton was asked to join the fold. A little more than a decade later his presence has taken a recognized and established brand, as it were, and infused it with a fresh and palpable energy.
And so it is more than apropos that the quartet’s latest Heads Up release is, indeed, titled Energy. Carlton, along with senior members Bob James, Nathan East and Harvey Mason are a true tour de force and possess a simpatico that is free of ego roadblocks and boundaries and translates to an audience in a relaxed and unfettered manner.