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Lee Ritenour: Collection

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Album Review

GRP's generally well-chosen 1991 Collection covers an entire decade of Lee Ritenour releases from Elektra and GRP. As such, those years seem to form a late-'70s plateau descending into a commercial valley by the early part of the '80s and then gradually ascending a slope as Rit's playing grows and deepens in the decade's final years. Some of the high points are the Latin-inflected numbers from Festival ("Latin Lover") and Portrait ("Asa") and two excellent straight-ahead excerpts from Stolen Moments ("24th Street Blues," "Waltz for Carmen"), the latter two with lots of Wes Montgomery-like octave work. And even "Is It You?," Ritenour's pop hit from 1981, comes off as a good, catchy piece of record-making. Recommended for those who only want a sample of Lee Ritenour's voluminous solo output. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

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Lee Ritenour: Collection

This is an absolutely awesome jazz guitar album. Ritenour's playing expresses a blend of funk, blues, rock and jazz with a distinctly Brazilian feel. I remember when I first listened to the album in the early 90s, I was thoroughly impressed by the expert playing and stylish phrasing "captain fingers" exhibits. If you're a fan of contemporary jazz guitar this album should be in your collection.

Collection

This album definitely includes the best songs from the best guitar jazz player, except a few more songs he made afterwards. If you want to know Lee Ritenour music this is the album.

Biography

Born: January 11, 1952 in Hollywood, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Known to fans as "Captain Fingers" for his uncommon dexterity on the guitar, Lee Ritenour is a noted jazz artist and session musician who has been one of the leaders in his field since the early '70s. Born in Los Angeles, California on January 11, 1952, Ritenour took up the guitar when he was eight years old, and decided to make music his career when he was 12. Ritenour's parents were supportive of his ambitions, and arranged for him to study with some of the best guitar teachers in Southern California....
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