Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto: Take Your Pick


Larry Carlton

Tak Matsumoto

“Take Your Pick”


This live DVD performance of the GRAMMY WINNING album “Take Your Pick” is a paring of modern Eastern and Western guitar styles has proven to deliver a collection of music unlike any other.


  • Album entered into the Japan pop rock charts at #2. First time in 35 years an instrumental album has done so.
  • 2010 “Take Your Pick” Tour in Japan sold out 18 shows in 20 minutes.
  • Album won Grammy for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.
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Nineteen-time GRAMMY NOMINEE, four-time GRAMMY WINNER and all-time guitar great, Larry Carlton established himself from his first recording, A Little Help From My Friends. His studio credits include musicians and groups like Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and literally dozens of others. He went on to perform with the Crusaders and then with the multi platinum jazz super group Fourplay. With 30 albums to his credit and having performed on over 100 albums that have gone Gold or Platinum, Larry Carlton has set a standard for artistry that spans three decades.


In 2008 Larry Carlton received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar Player magazine at the historical Ryman Auditorium and was presented the “Titan of Tone” award from Premier Guitar Magazine at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Larry also picked up 2 more Grammy nominations in 2009 and one in 2010 bringing his career total to 19 nominations with 4 Grammy wins his most recent “Best Pop Instrumental Album” for “Take Your Pick”.

Championed in his homeland as the most renowned guitarist in all of Asia, Tak Matsumoto is equally revered as chief songwriter, GRAMMY WINNING guitarist and producer of the Japanese rock band, B’z. Counting a legacy of 12 albums, B’z truly means big business, having sold a combined 80 million units in Japan alone, not surprisingly making them Japan’s best-selling band in history. 2002, in particular, served as a landmark year for Tak with the Japanese release of his much heralded instrumental albums, Hana and “Dragon From The West”. Hana, most noticeably, garnered rave reviews, its powerfully flowing melodies evocative of scenic horizons of the Orient. The album’s bonus track, “Trinity,” finds Tak stretching the boundaries of “rock” guitar, blending different tastes in the melodies while retaining the same distinctive Japanese spirit. Instrumental Guitar (Electric (Heavy) / Rock/World). In 1999 he was given his own Signature Model Les Paul by Gibson and was added to Gibson’s signature artist club. He is the only guitarist from Asia to be added to the club.


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