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Smoke 'n' Mirrors

Lee Ritenour

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Album Review

Featuring a bevy of world music guests, guitarist Lee Ritenour's Smoke 'N' Mirrors is a stylish, joyous, and laid-back multicultural affair. Among the guests are Brazilian vocalist and keyboardist Daniel Jobim, South African vocalist Zamajobe and guitarist Erik Pilani Paliani, West African bassist Richard Bona, as well as such well-known contemporary jazz icons as pianist Dave Grusin, bassist John Patitucci, percussionist Sheila E., and others. Judiciously, Ritenour has made room for a wide musical palette including funky jams, melodic soul vocal tracks, inspired rhythmic passages, and of course straight-ahead jazz improvisation. While this is an impeccably crafted effort in the tradition of past Ritenour albums, it never comes off as anything less than organically heartfelt.

Customer Reviews

His BEST

I have nearly every Ritenour CD and have followed him throughout his career...I have also not missed an opportunity to see him live when he is within 200 miles. To be honest, there have been several CDs that were just O.K. This one is exceptional. Turn down the lights, pour a glass of wine, sit in your best chair, and light that cigar you've been keeping for a special occassion. Lee will not disappoint you. Close your eyes and listen to the title track (Smoke 'n' mirrors)...you can feel the emotion being plucked on the strings of that electric guitar. Buy a copy for your best friend!

Back to the Best!

I'm glad to see Rit doing what he does best- flavoring his music with diverse cultures and getting the best musicans available to help him do it. Love the percussion!

World Smooth Jazz Music

Saw Lee Rit and Dave Grusin perform at Yoshi's in Oakland to promote this new album release, and Lee did not disappoint. This is a great album showcasing his smooth jazz flair with a twist of world music. Nice collection for Lee Rit fans.

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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