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“The work of his hands speaks grace, passion and timeless knowledge. Listen, learn and be profoundly moved” – Sting
Larry Carlton’s musical story began in California. He picked up his first guitar when he was six years old. He was introduced to jazz in school after hearing The Gerald Wilson Big Band album, Moment of Truth, with guitarist Joe Pass. He then became interested in Barney Kessel, Wes Montgornery and B.B. King. Saxophonist John Coltrane was also a major influence, beginning with Coltrane’s 1962 classic Ballads.
Calls began to increase significantly as Carlton gained distinction for the unmistakable and often imitated “sweet” sound he delivered with his Gibson ES-335. He broke new ground with his new trademark volume pedal technique, eloquently displayed in his featured performance with legendary jazz/rock group The Crusaders. Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark album, the first record she made with a rhythm section, displays his distinctive Technique – a style Mitchell referred to as “fly fishing.”
During his tenure with The Crusaders, Carlton performed on 13 albums. His demand as a session player was now at its zenith, performing with Sammy Davis, Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Jerry Garcia, Dolly Parton, Steely Dan, Bobby Bland. He later produced and arranged for Barbra Streisand, Joan Baez and Larry Gatlin, as well and the acclaimed movie soundtrack for Against All Odds.
With more than 3000 studio sessions under his belt by the early 1980s, Carlton had picked up four Grammy nominations. He won a Grammy for the theme to Hill Street Blues (a collaboration with Mike Post). His 1995 collaboration with guitar great Lee Ritenour, garnered him his eighth Grammy nomination.
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Zervas & Pepper are folk-rock duo whose luminous harmonic, laid-back sound is currently making waves on UK, USA & Ireland Radio stations BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music & RTE as well as a growing presence on the UK wide Live circuit. Discovering one another while performing in their home town clubs in Cardiff as solo artists. Finding they had a shared love of Harmony Heavy Evocative Folk Rock, Zervas & Pepper began writing and recording together. Along with their band they promise elegantly crafted songs that transport their audience with escapist narrative and soaring melodies.
Under their own label ‘Zerodeo’ Records the band released 2 introductory EPs in 2008/9 respectively and in Spring 2011 put out their debut Album ‘Somewhere in the City’. Followed by critically acclaimed 2013 album ‘Lifebringer’. 2015 see’s new release ‘Abstract Heart’ winning fans with MOJO awarding the album 4 stars and David Crosby reaching out to give his approval.. ‘I think you guys are excellent’
Zervas & Pepper strive out in 2015 with a bold album and ambitions to take their music beyond the boarded of the UK with their first step into US and European radio. As word continues to spread with a string of live dates ahead and an ever growing live set up Zervas & Pepper continue to bring strong live performance to the fore appearing at festivals and theaters as a two or six piece outfit.
MOJO 4 Stars Fred Dellar “Zervas & Pepper have some exsquisite sounds to peddle”
UNCUT “Abstract Heart is exspertly done with open tunings and elliptical lyrics”
Bearded Mag “Abstract Heart sees the duo’s exploration of noon bright folk rock as the sixties drew to a close continue to reap rich dividends.”
Classic Rock Mag “Its a warm shot of exsquisitly harmonised , blissed out Folk Rock. Trust us when we say its extreamly lovely”
No Depression “their sound and songwriting has matured beyond comprehension; with opening song Miller sounding as if it was from a lost album by CSN & Joni Mitchell; with the harmonies seeping out of the speakers like warm fresh honey and the backing musicians are as sharp as a tack.”