Renegade Gentleman finds Larry Carlton creating a vibrant mix of Southern rock, blues, and fusion. It is refreshing not to hear the drum machines and overproduced horn and keyboard arrangements that have become typical of a Carlton-led session. This setting finds Larry playing very comfortably with harmonica whiz Terry McMillan, a legend in Nashville. "Sleep Medicine" and "Anthem" are both excellent vehicles for Carlton to shine, and "Farm Jazz" gets a welcome facelift from its dismal debut on Kid Gloves. Overall, Carlton achieved what he seemed to be striving for, although there are some rather embarrassing moments ("Never Say Naw"). Recommended mostly due to Carlton's stretching out and fresh approach.
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AllMusic Review by Robert Taylor