Carlton Lukather Band - The Paris Concert
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I have been a huge fan of Larry Carlton's since he played on Steely Dan's early albums and have collected most of his solo work on vinyl and CD from that time. I had only heard a few of Steve Lukather's solo performances but knew from the rave reviews that he was a virtuoso. But for me I bought the DVD just for Larry's performance - and I wasn't disappointed. Mainly because Larry chose to play tunes and improvised like he used to in the early days. It became abundantly clear how much Larry has influenced his younger co-performer, yet Luke played in his own way complementing Larry beautifully.
The opening track was a brilliant rendition of "The Pump", a Tony Hymas/Simon Phillips tune that is on Jeff Beck's "There and Back" album. As such it brought back nostalgic memories of another great guitarist which were then reinforced when they played a few bars of Steely Dan's "Josie" towards the end.
Larry Carlton plays the blues the way a jazz musician thinks, with a tone that is so pure. I am so glad he used his ES 335 for most of the show because that defines his sound. I have another DVD from the New Morning in Paris featuring Robben Ford who must definitely have been inspired by Larry as their tones and blues phrasing are very similar. However Larry is able to take it to another level without being flashy. His chord melody work on "It was only Yesterday" is reminiscent of the late Joe Pass and Lenny Breau - rich in harmonics and chordal harmony.
Steve Lukather's performance was much harder to define.Read more ›
After the first tune, "Pump", Steve's incessant shredding and and noodling became annoying. For most of the time, it was like 'Every Man For himself', however Larry being the gentleman that he is, appeared to be almost restrained, letting Steve do his over-indulgent trip. But when it was Larry's turn, he always played brilliantly throughout, his solos well structured, great use of dynamics and technique always in the right places, never over-done. Larry showed (maybe not intentionally) that he's got class, while still being able to 'Rock Your Socks Off' with tons of chops to boot.
Jimi's song, "Red House" is probably the most abused Jam tune and I've not yet heard one guitar player do it justice. It's like, 'yeah put in a Hendrix tune and shred it to bits'. C'mon guys, if you must do this song, have a listen to at least ONE of the many versions done by Jimi before you even contemplate playing it. Then ask yourself, 'can I get that feeling, that intensity across as convincingly?'
In all fairness, the rest of the band are holding things together in spite of it all. There's some nice keyboard playing, plus solid back-up from the Bass player and Drummer. I mean, it's not a bad sounding DVD, in fact the sound is excellent, it's just a matter of mis-match in guitar players in this instance anyway. Steve should know better, he's been around long enough and he's done some fantastic work.Read more ›
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We were fortunate this past year to see Steve Lukather perform in person twice and actually got to meet him unexpectedly by the front doors of the Hotel we were going to stay at. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Suzy
carlton is one of my favorite. He is excellent in this video and lukater is excellent too, what a sound !!!Published on January 15, 2013 by Marc
What do you get when you pair up two of LA's hottest session guitar veterans? The Carlton-Lukather Paris Concert of course! Read morePublished on December 7, 2011 by Clinton Carnegie
As a long time player and fan, this is a great buy. I bought the CD several years ago, it was primarily recorded in Japan and I think the sound quality is a couple of steps better. Read morePublished on January 15, 2010 by Scott Marks
Carlton Lukather Band - The Paris Concert I knew it would be good, but this may be one of my all-time favorites. The order came sooner than I had anticipated and I was HAPPY. Read morePublished on October 4, 2008 by Ted Edrington
A Confessed Gear Freak/Guitarist I am. The likes of both of these legends on stage is very inviting. Read morePublished on July 15, 2007 by Steven DeLuca
I am a guitarist, so it doesn't get much better than this! Larry Carlton with the always amazing and crazy "Luke". Read morePublished on January 11, 2007 by R. West
Hey, I'm an old guitar player (61) and I really enjoyed both Carlton and Lukather jammin' their hearts out. Read morePublished on July 24, 2006 by Gary Guitar