Archive for April 24th, 2018

Carlyle Barriteau – Groovin at Sunset

With the release of Groovin’ at Sunset on Funky Noiz Music, Carlyle Barriteau combines his reputation as a premier guitar instrumentalist for such artists as Bobby Caldwell, Patti Austin, Paul Taylor, American Idol’s Elliott Yamin and Donny Osmond, with his skillful production arrangements on songs such as the title track, “Groovin’ At Sunset”, “Breaker One 9”, “Diminishing Odds” and the 2 tracks that have Carlyle taking center stage on vocals: “Even Now” (written by Bobby Caldwell and Jimmy Haslip), and the sultry “Give Me One Night”.

The result is a jammed-pack set of skillfully crafted songs that showcase both his soulful/pop vocals and his straight-ahead no nonsense guitar styling on such songs as “From Me To You”, My Flava” and the island-filled “Cruisin” and “Irie Strut”. Combining West Coast cool with the Caribbean flavor only adds to the excitement of a major player who has finally arrived and takes center stage on the smooth jazz scene.

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