Smooth Jazz Sunday: Sleepwalk

I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately, so today’s Smooth Jazz song is a little late.

I have to give some credit to Susan Leighton of the Woman On The Ledge blog for mentioning today’s song to me. We were discussing guitarist Larry Carlton, who played with the Crusaders (the band featured on the most recent Funky Friday post). In one of her comments, she mentioned how she often heard “Sleepwalk” growing up. Within seconds, I thought what a great song for Smooth Jazz Sunday. If you want some laughs, you need to go to Susan’s blog, and read some of her stuff. It’s awesome.

Without further delay, here is today’s song: Larry Carlton’s cover of Santo & Johnny’s “Sleepwalk.”

The original song was recorded in 1959 and became a number one pop hit for Santo & Johnny Farina. The brothers wrote the song with their mother, and performed it with their uncle on the drums. Carlton’s version has lots of the modern touches: synthesizer, the sound of programmed drums. What isn’t robotic of course, is Carlton’s playing. It is one of the high points of a career that has spanned almost fifty years, with lots of twists and turns. He has a solo career, he’s played with the Crusaders and Steely Dan, he’s guested on session work for many artists, ranging from Joni Mitchell to Michael Jackson. For a brief spell in the late 90s through the mid 2000’s, he was a member of the smooth jazz supergroup Fourplay. He’s also won four Grammy awards, one of which was for his work on the theme song for the television show Hill Street Blues in collaboration with Mike Post. Despite being the victim of a random act of violence (he was shot in the throat while working on his album On Solid Ground in 1989), he was able to recover and his career has continued to thrive.

I hope you enjoy “Sleepwalk” today, and as always thanks for reading and listening.

17 Replies to “Smooth Jazz Sunday: Sleepwalk”

  1. T.Wayne – Thank you so much for the shout out! That was so sweet of you.⚘
    I have to admit listening to Larry’s version of “Sleepwalk” brought back memories. I remember sitting in my living room as a teenager, late at night with my boombox tuned to the easy listening station. My nose was always in a book when I wasn’t playing a sport or acting like a clown. That song would come on & I would get lost in a daydream.
    Much simpler times. I have to admit I got a little misty eyed.
    Great post as always! Feel better, get plenty of rest & if you like tea, have a warm cup. 🍵

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    1. Thank you Susan for the idea and the kind words. As for the shout out, just giving credit where credit is due!

      Loved your story in your comment, and I’m mainlining tea and cold meds. I feel a bit better today.

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      1. Colds, period are annoying. But I’ll get through it; it’s just the last couple days have been a little rough. Yes, music and words can take us back to places and memories we thought were left behind.

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  2. Thanks, T Wayne. I’ve spent the whole day listening to my fav Christmas music–the soundtrack to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Vince Guaraldi Trio and managed to get all my outside lights and decorations up. 🙂

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