In those years he also gigged and/or recorded with the likes of Chet Baker, Bob Mintzer, Tom Harrell, Bob Berg, Joe Farrell and Steve Grossman. After his return to Europe in 1980, Ratzer continued to work with American artists such as Art Farmer, Clark Terry, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Chaka Khan and Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, easily crossing borders between blues, jazz, funk and pop and gaining a definite cult status among guitar aficionados. One would be hard-pressed to identify Ratzer's sound or sensibility as European; in fact, American guitar specialist Bill Milkowksi says: "Possessing a rich, creamy tone, a daring improvisational streak, a vibrato technique to die for and a penchant for real-deal blues, funk and soul, Ratzer rates as an authentic guitar hero on par with the best plectorists, six-stringers and chicken-pickers on this side of the pond." For "Saturn Returning", his impressive ENJA debut, Ratzer emblazons his soulful signature on nine smokin' tracks ranging from aggressive and powerhouse funk sounds to mellow blues and samba rhythms. Says Milkowski: "In a blindfold test the names of All-American guitar heroes like John Scofield, Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan, Lowell George, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Sonny Landreth or Amos Garrett may come to mind." And Chaka Khan adds: "Karl sings and plays like one of my people.
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