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Fire Wire is rock oriented with elements of blues, jazz, and funk fused and sprinkled throughout. He also has a top notch horn section (sapphire blue) backing him, which is too cool for school. If you're a tone connoissuer this album has the magic. Maybe its the Dumble amplification. Maybe its the touch. Maybe its the Gibson ES-335. Either way, this album has the goods when its comes to tone and production. In this respect, the song "Naked Truth" is worth the price of admission. Although LC will sound like LC no matter what equipment he uses, there just is a richness to the sound on Fire Wire.
This is not, however, the smooth jazz that some may expect from LC from times more recent. It has rough and ready R&R, softer contemplative moments, and get up and dance grooves. For ME, this is the second step in his comeback that commenced with Sapphire Blue (a great blues based album with horns!). LC garnered quite a following with his smooth jazz explorations, but they never quite delivered for ME. I always wanted something more because I've seen him tear down the house in concert and wanted that vibe back in his studio efforts. This is it. Run don't walk to buy this one!
This isn't your father's Smooth Jazz Larry -- but "Sunrise" will appeal to all, with a quiet, soulful acoustic minor blues.
"Surrender" is Larry at his best, introducing the melody with with signature 335 tone, followed by a searing solo that is classic Carlton.
"Inkblot" is a throwback in some respects, featuring a horn section, strong unison riffs and some Zappa-like turnarounds.
"Big Trouble" probably shows more of Petocz' hand in the project. If you ever wondered what Carlton's tone would sound like if he were in say, Black Sabbath, here's your chance.
As you would expect for a major label with big-time producer, this is a more polished version of Larry Carlton. Keeping to his pattern of recent years of alternating "smooth jazz" releases with items that tend to be more aggressive, Fire Wire shows his more uptempo side with the rough edges polished to a commercial rock standard -- all without sacrificing the thing that makes Larry Carlton a guitar player's guitar player. His choice of notes and unique tone make him a living legend and Fire Wire just reaffirms Mr. 335's status as one of the greats.
His tasteful use of guitar distortion is almost his signature tone, and LC accomplishes this quite well on several of his cuts from "Firewire".
"Inkblot", the first cut, is a uniquely rocking melody that juxtaposes itself within the song, which makes it one of the most listen-to songs on the CD. There are other cuts that are note-worthy, but the one that stands out the most to me is "Naked Truth", which is a slow blues-fusion number that although somewhat predictable, uses the best elements of Carlton's tone, phrasing, and beautiful poise in each and every note.
There are no mistakes that might occur in a live performance, and the production is not overdone. LC is captured in each song extremely well.
The only reason I didn't give this CD 5 stars is because there are other performer's works who stand out more. I apologize if this sound like I am knocking LC's efforts; I am not. This CD by itself deserves 5 stars. I am basing my opinions on more notable efforts on a relative scale. Larry Carlton has created one of his best rock-jazz-fusion efforts to come down the pike in a while. I would recommend this CD to anyone who wants to hear good rock-based jazz.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Larry Carlton was one of my favorite guitar players in the past. This whole CD is awful. Not sure what happened with him over the years to play at this low of a level......Published 9 months ago by Randy Underhill
One of the best CD's he has ever done. I loved the mixing and the fellow musicians were up to the task. I highly recommend this one!Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've been a Larry Carlton fan for years. Not just for his chops on the guitar but also for the phenomenal musicians that he has surrounded himself with. Read morePublished 21 months ago by dogbaitdoug
Nice return to some of LC's earlier work. The guy is a master of many styles, I love the horns on this too. Pleasant surprise it will not put you to sleep.Published on October 15, 2013 by jeff suchomel
LC recorded this awhile back but it got put on the back burner and only issued as an import until his record company had a change of heart. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by A.E. Pagano
Another great masterpiece from Larry Carlton. Friends fell in love with this cd and want to order it. You can't go wrong with anything from him !Published on January 8, 2013 by MrsG
unbelievable renewing of a great musician
with a very high voltage rhythm and superb bass line of his son
class isn't water. Enjoy
If I could have given three and a half stars, I would; it's a little better than just "good," but not much. To those who called this "LC's best! Read morePublished on January 12, 2008 by Bartholome