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Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather

Best known as the guitarist for early MTV-era hitmakers Toto, Steve Lukather remains one of the world's top session men, having played on well over a hundred recordings by a wide variety of artists over the years. Born in Los Angeles, CA, on October 21, 1957, Lukather discovered rock music the way just about every single other young U.S. citizen did during the '60s -- via the Beatles. Starting off as a drummer and keyboardist, it wasn't until his father purchased Lukather a guitar that he found his true musical calling. At first self-taught, Lukather eventually sought the help of older guitar-playing classmates, as well as a formal teacher, which led to an interest in becoming a session guitarist (courtesy of drummer Jeff Porcaro and keyboardist Steve Porcaro, both of whom attended the same high school as Lukather). Right around the time Lukather turned 20, the guitarist was invited to join the Porcaro brothers in a pop/rock band comprised primarily of studio musicians, Toto (which also featured singer Bobby Kimball, bassist David Hungate, and keyboardist/singer David Paich). While Lukather would join the band, he also managed to maintain his busy session schedule, playing on albums by Leo Sayer, Boz Scaggs, Alice Cooper, Barbra Steisand, the Pointer Sisters, Cher, and Cheap Trick during the late '70s. Specializing in the same mainstream radio rock sounds as Foreigner and Journey, Toto scored a hit right off the bat with their debut album, 1978's Toto, which cracked the U.S. Top Ten, as did one of its singles, "Hold the Line." Despite the immediate commercial success, many critics gave Toto the tag of being a "faceless slick band," and it appeared as though it was a fitting description, as Toto's next two releases, 1979's Hydra and 1981's Turn Back, failed to match the artistic and commercial success of their hit debut. Just as it appeared as though Toto would continue their slide off the charts, the group issued one of 1982's biggest albums, the Grammy Award-winning Toto IV, a Top Five album that spawned such monster hits as "Rosanna" (number two) and "Africa" (number one), as well as a single that Lukather penned entirely himself, "I Won't Hold You Back" (number ten). The same year, most of Toto was invited to play on Michael Jackson's Thriller, one of the biggest-selling albums in pop music history. As a result, session work poured in for Lukather, as he played on '80s-era recordings by Elton John, Herb Alpert, Warren Zevon, Chicago, Lionel Richie, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Diamond, among countless others. Toto continued to issue albums on a semi-regular basis, but after deciding to part ways with singer Kimball after Toto IV, the group was unable to sustain their success. Despite juggling his busy schedule between session dates and Toto, Lukather managed to also launch a solo career during the late '80s, with the release of his 1989 debut, Lukather. Further solo releases followed (1994's Candyman, 1997's Luke, 2001's Grammy Award-winning collaboration with Larry Carlton, No Substitutions, and 2003's Santamental), as did further sessions (Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Spinal Tap, Van Halen, and the Yardbirds). ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Oooooohhhhh I AGREE WITH YOU Copper Country Gal
A pair of superb axemen! I had the blessing of seeing Steve on tour,back when he was playing for TOTO,one of my favorite & awesomely talented rock bands around back then! : )
Luke IS the Man! I too have been listening to Larry for years and thought he was the greatest and then Luke came along and blew me away with awesomness!! ! ! ! I would love to me him even though he is probably a ego maniac.
I met Larry as a teenager back in the 70's. I hung out with his cousin Steve. We were always hanging at Larry's home studio Room 335. I was lucky that Larry let me hang out with him while he was working or just having fun. I met all the studio cats who played on his dates. Too many to list but it was a great education, seeing how these musicians thought and worked. I called it the School of Larry. What a great human and he is so tasty when he plays his guitar.


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brofro58
In respectful response to El Nino's comment, I personally enjoy listening to both Lee and Larry. Albeit, IMHO, all "smooth jazz" begins to sound the same to me after a few hours of listening. That's why I generally have my settings on mix. Also if a song or artist is played that I really don't care to hear, I simply click the thumbs down "don't like" button. I couldn't tell you the last time I've heard anything from Acoustic Alchemy!
@ mike crosby: they are great players but I can see el nino's point too. You told him to "shut up and truly listen", but in my mind, he is listening and has a valid opinion-just different than yours-which is fine.
superb sounding in gentle moving guitar riffs
pjsluder52
I have enjoyed Carlton's music for a long time and now I appreciate it even more after learning about his grit and determinatio n in overcoming the tragedy in his life.
I think Larry(And Lee) play very good music and shouldn't be shunned for what they play.Thet're very talented,and that's all there is to it.Shut up and truly listen to the music
magruver
Excellent, Music ,,,,,,,,,,, Melloooooooo o
please stop playing larry carlton and lee ritenour on my station! while they are skilled guitarists, they have no regard for expanding jazz's vision and potential. all they play is smooth jazz, which is full of cheesy head arrangements and little improvisatio n ( e v e n though larry and lee are completely capable of good writing and improvising) !

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