2May/112

Matsumoto Congratulates Carlton For Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on May 2, 2011 by Tobias in News

Larry Carlton, who won a Grammy Award together with Tak Matsumoto in February this year, has received the George Benson Lifetime Achievement Award at The Canadian Smoothies 2011 on April 29th. A video has been put on vimeo in which various musicians congratulate Mr. Carlton for this outstanding award. Among them is Tak Matsumoto. For the impatient: watch from 3:43!

"Hi, Larry-san! Congratulations to you. You are an amazing guitar player and so inspiring to me. I learned so much by working with you on the Take Your Pick album. So winning a Grammy with you is one of my greatest achievements in my life. I'll treasure it forever. I owe you one."

*It took me quite a while to figure out what the bold part was... it sounds like "around"...

Larry Carlton: Benson Lifetime Achievement Award from TrueFire on Vimeo.

Congratulations to Mr. Carlton! And may he come to the States or Europe (or both!) and perform with Tak someday! ;)

18Feb/117

Tak Matsumoto’s Grammy Story

Posted on February 18, 2011 by Tobias in News

I was so excited that I was not able to write up a proper article and ended up posting the videos instead. However, this is a huge success for Tak Matsumoto and I think it deserves a good, and thorough article. Also, it is a great opportunity to look back how it all started, and how Tak Matsumoto finally came to receive this outstanding award.

It is a rather lengthy article, so be sure to bring some time with you! :P Click read more to see the article!

17Feb/110

“Take Your Pick” DVD Release Worldwide

Posted on February 17, 2011 by Tobias in News

I don't know why they didn't release it before... I mean it has been out in Japan since October 27th, 2010, but oh well...
On Larry Carlton's official website, they announced that because of winning the Grammy and all the excitement, they decided to set the release date of the DVD to tomorrow(February 18th)!
What's funny, however, is that they say "See the GRAMMY WINNING album "Take Your Pick" performed live in Tokyo with a 12-camera high definition shoot!". What is this all about?
I bought the DVD and it's only in standard definition. Why did they not release a Blu-ray version although they shot it in high definition? A budget problem?

Well... I guess they want to jump on the bandwagon and expect great sales since Take Your Pick jumped to #1 in the iTunes charts in Japan after word got out that Carlton and Matsumoto had won the Grammy.
But that's not all:
"According to the Shibuya store of Japan’s largest music and video rental chain store operation Tsutaya, all copies of Mr. Matsumoto’s newest album were sold or rented out by Tuesday morning. “Take Your Pick” also soared to fourth place on Amazon Japan’s best selling CD ranking, just behind – inevitably –all-conquering girl group AKB48’s latest album."
(Taken from: http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2011/02/15/after-gdp-blow-japan-still-rocksat-grammys/)

Anyway... if you haven't bought the DVD yet... here's your chance! And it's cheaper, too. It's only $25.99 opposed to 5250 Yen (roughly $50) in Japan.
You can order it via Larry Carlton's web store: http://www.larrycarlton.com/store.html

17Feb/111

Larry and Tak Winning Grammy – Filmed From a Different Perspective

Posted on February 17, 2011 by Tobias in News

I'm not sure everyone has noticed, but when Carlton and Matsumoto make their way to the stage, there's a person behind them holding a camera in his hand. He is probably recording the whole thing. Just take a look at this picture here:

Now... the video filmed by this guy has surfaced on YouTube. It's now even on Larry Carlton's official channel, so I guess it is not a problem to post it here. What you can see is, well, Tak Matsumoto's wife in the kimono Kahori Yamagata designed (see my other post). Just see for yourself:

14Feb/116

And The Grammy Goes To…

Posted on February 14, 2011 by Tobias in News

...watch for yourself!

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The Grammy goes to Take Your Pick - Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto!! Congratulations!!

13Feb/114

Larry and Tak At The Grammys

Posted on February 13, 2011 by Tobias in News

Right now, the Pre-Telecast Ceremony is running and you can watch it live on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/thegrammys

Guess who I caught on the red carpet? Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto! Matsumoto seemed rather nervous.
Check out the video here:

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9Feb/115

Matsumoto Attending Grammys

Posted on February 9, 2011 by Tobias in News

This week's sunday might become a great day in his career. Whose career you might ask? Well of course we are talking about guitar virtuoso and B'z founder Tak Matsumoto. The album he created with Larry Carlton, entitled "TAKE YOUR PICK", was previously nominated for the Grammys in the category "Best Pop Instrumental Album".

Indications have surfaced on the internet that Tak Matsumoto will attend the Grammy Awards 2010 with his wife. According to a tweet by "Chiyo Hiraoka" (*Update: looks like the tweet was deleted by her) - a singer and songwriter - she picked a suitable head accessory for Tak Matsumoto's wife for the occasion. Also, X JAPAN's YOSHIKI stated in a recent report "Ah, I have to attend the Grammy Awards this weekend. I voted for Tak Matsumoto."

I hope you are all looking forward to seeing Tak Matsumoto on sunday! I personally am going to watch it on TV and will update you as soon as there is news about Tak Matsumoto. Also, I might get to record the show, should there be a speech.

Best of luck to Mr. Matsumoto and Mr. Carlton!

8Jan/111

Win a Poster Autographed by Larry and Tak!!

Posted on January 8, 2011 by Tobias in News

I just now discovered that you can win a poster autographed by Larry and Tak by subscribing to Larry Carlton's mailing list! If you want to be part of the drawing, don't hesitate and sign up!!

NEW BONUS! Sign up for Larry's mailing list between now and January 31st, 2011 and you could win a poster autographed by both Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto (seen on the right)! If you are already on the list you are eligible to win. Winner will be announced February 1st.

Via: Larry Carlton - Official Website of Mr. 335

Source(s): B'zaholic Blog (Japanese)

5Jan/110

“TAKE YOUR PICK” Receives Golden Disc Award

Posted on January 5, 2011 by Tobias in News

Larry Carlton's and Tak Matsumoto's jazz album "TAKE YOUR PICK" has received the Japanese Golden Disc Award for "Jazz Album of the Year" at the 25th Annual Golden Disc Awards in Japan. This again shows the great reception for Larry's and Tak's work, which, compared to Koshi Inaba's solo work, didn't receive much credit from B'z fans. Despite the fact that the TAKE YOUR PICK tour was completely sold out, the album itself didn't sell too well in Japan, but received great reviews from jazz critics from all over the world.

Another great achievement for Larry and Tak would be, if they were awarded with a Grammy for their solo work. We shall see how it goes, when the winners are announced on February 13 at the annual Grammy Awards.

Source(s): THE GOLD DISC

2Dec/101

“TAKE YOUR PICK” Nominated For “Best Pop Instrumental Album”

Posted on December 2, 2010 by Tobias in News

Yesterday, the nominations for the Grammy Awards 2010 have been announced by the committee. Larry Carlton's and Tak Matsumoto's "TAKE YOUR PICK" has been nominated in the category "Best Pop Instrumental Album". Also nominated in the same category are Gerald Albright, Kenny G, Robby Krieger and Kirk Whalum.

The results will be announced at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on February 13, 2011. If Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto received the award, Tak Matsumoto would get his first Grammy Award for one of his solo works.

Source: Nominees | GRAMMY.com