LARRY CARLTON & JOHN PIZZARELLI
Nineteen-time Grammy nominee, four-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.
John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned guitarist and singer, was hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Lennon-McCartney. His themed shows, often performed with his wife Jessica Molaskey, suggest there is no limit to Pizzarelli’s imagination or talent.
“…Pizzarelli successfully captures is the authenticity and purity in McCartney’s songs. His rendition of “Silly Love Songs” and “Junk” are ‘sentimental jamboree[s],’ gently balancing and shifting between guitar and vocal melodies. Pizzarelli performs the apologetic tone in “Some People Never Know” with tranquility, and demonstrates his vocal range and control in the challenging, “No More Lonely Nights,” the standout track of the album; he handles the song with grace and uplifting brilliance. It’s a brilliant song choice from an intimidatingly large discography”.
-Jason Kwan, Writer at Elmore Magazine