Originally Posted by angryllama
"Wanking" would include fitting 32nd notes over a slow tempo'ed cheesy strings pad and a rhythm section who completely gets themselves out of the way.
It depends on the specific notes being played and the reason for playing them, IMO.
In any event, anyone who knows anything about Larry Carlton knows his entire reputation was built on tone, taste, phrasing, and an incredible melodic sense.
Do you really think he would have gotten all those calls to play on a gazillion different records by just about every artist under the sun if he was a "wanker?"