Larry Carlton: Fire Wire (2006)
The only downshifting occurs on "Goodbye, although drumming by Matt Chamberlain (Critters Buggin') keeps the song upbeat. The closet funk comes out in "Dirty Donna's House Party, which is equipped with all kinds of party goods. From Carlton's tone to Jeff Babko's organ and wah backdrop, the song emits a raging funk vibe. The Sapphire Blue Horn Section provides an energetic refrain that cuts right through the beat.
Heavy funk controls "The Prince, which perhaps exists as honor to the funky soul of the artist formerly known as. "Sunrise, another well-written tune, initially sounds like Carole King's "Jazz Man (as played by Yeardley Smith on The Simpsons). "Mean Street begins with a thick and mean bass line (played by Michael Rhodes), then Carlton digs deep, weaving a sultry melody over the layered, changing background.
Overall, the disc takes snippets from multiple genres and combines them to render something uniquely its own. The impeccable musicianship of everyone involved also takes this album up another notch.
Track Listing: 1. Inkblot 11; 2. Double Cross; 3. Naked Truth; 4. Surrender; 5. Big Trouble; 6. Goodbye; 7. Dirty Donna's House Party; 8. The Prince; 9. Sunrise; 10. Mean Street
Personnel: Larry Carlton: guitars; Matt Chamberlain: drums; Michael Rhodes: bass; Jeff Babko keyboards; The Sapphire Blue Horn Section: horns. Featuring Mark Douthit: saxophone; Barry Green: trombone; Doug Moffet: baritone sax; Mike Haynes: trumpet.
Record Label: Bluebird
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock