Oh dear. For someone as gifted and legendary as Larry Carlton, he has produced some pretty horrible solo albums in his career, and this is one of them. This is sadly, the epitome of smooth jazz muzak that got jazz a bad name when it began to be played repeatedly in LA cafes and bars, and spread throughout the world like german measles.
That LC could play with edgy musicians like Jaco Pastorius or Robben Ford - and then ends up on drivel like this is disappointing.
The idea is pretty solid - and that is turn Philly hits from the 70's into jazz workouts. Indeed - some of Philly's own labels stars did this themselves - try MFSB's Mysteries of the World , or Dexter Wansel's Voyager to see how original the results were. However, LC's attempt is just boring playing to a background of mid tempo fuzak - populated by smooth jazz nonentities. It has LC's name on it, but could be anybody playing.
To think LC has recorded two of the greatest guitar solos in popular music (Steely Dan's "Kid Charlemagne" from Royal Scam, & the Crusaders "Spiral" from Those Southern Knights) - and now he resorts to this......I suspect there is a marketing strategy or some ghastly corporate agenda involved.