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Larry Carlton: Plays the Sounds of Philadelphia: A Tribute to Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff

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Seasoned guitar master Larry Carlton gets to pick his own music now that he’s free from Fourplay and on his own record label. Since he began going it alone, he’s reinterpreted some of his best songs and created duo projects with Robben Ford and Tak Matsumoto-the latter of which recently won a Grammy.

Now Carlton has headed down a road less traveled with a tribute to the legendary songwriting team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Gamble and Huff have certainly been covered by R&B stars new and old, but Carlton doesn’t immediately pop to mind when thinking Philly soul. Carlton has a blues and rock edge that’s served him well on hundreds of session dates with pop stars like the Partridge Family, rock bands like Steely Dan and folk-rock staples like Joni Mitchell. Brotherly Love sessions didn’t enter into the mix much, but you’d never know from this percolating CD produced by Billy Terrell.

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