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Lee RitenourAudio CD
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Rhythm Sessions


In a career that spans five decades and more than 40 albums, guitarist Lee Ritenour has developed a keen understanding of the symbiotic balance between the frontman and the supporting players, between the wisdom of experience and the enthusiasm of youth. On Rhythm Sessions, his new album set for release on Concord Records on September 25, 2012 (international release dates may vary) Ritenour ... Read more in Amazon's Lee Ritenour Store

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  • Audio CD (May 14, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B0000001RI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,941 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Early A.M. Attitude (with Dave Grusin)
2. Rio Funk
3. Night Rhythms
4. White Water
5. San Ysidro
6. Asa
7. Dolphin Dreams
8. Is It You
9. 24th Street Blues
10. Latin Lover
11. The Sauce
12. Malibu
13. Waltz For Carmen

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4.0 out of 5 stars What a Collection Too March 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Either you like Lee Ritenour, or you don't. Some think that his smooth jazz stylings are atrocity to the world of Jazz. Personally, I think he's a great guitarist with a good ear for music. He's not jazz hardliner, but he plays exceptionally well catching a mainstream audience. Ritenour has a good sense for phrasing, and although can be wild at times, he is reserved, saying more with the notes that he doesn't play than trying to fill a measure with every note possible. This album pulls thirteen tracks from nine previous albums spanning from 1979 to 1989. A multitude of playing styles are covered on this album, from funk to Latin.
This is definitely a collection of some of his best songs. "Rio Funk" gets right down to the funk with the opening baseline, and it keeps going through with the chunka-chunka guitar rhythm fills. Throw in the acoustic guitar sliding chords and the solo to get a very Latin sounding piece. I like his sound on "White Water" as he turns up the distortion a bit on the guitar, but keeps it to the background as not to be overwhelming to give a bit more edge to his song. The song lends itself to an airy sound, with well-phrased solos. "Asa" is another Latin sound piece, receiving a lot of help from Djavan's Spanish lyrics. The solo starts of with a good bass piece before Ritenour takes over for a few bars and is replaced by quick burst of timbales and horns. Another great Latin piece is "Latin Lover" with more acoustic picking and Spanish lyrics all backed by a great beat on the bongos. "Dolphin Dreams" is another airy piece, with a slow, sweet sax solo in the middle just right for romance.
I was introduced to Ritenour with his "Wes Bound" tribute to Wes Montgomery. A great album that made me pick up this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No joking around! July 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Are you one of those pop music lovers? Is Hootie & The Blowfish the best band ever for you? So please close this window and get out of here, honestly! If you think that "Rio Funk" is an elevator kind of music, so grab your hat and go listen to something else. This is a '87 Jazz Fusion album, and it gathers old songs such as "Rio Funk", "The Sauce", "White Water", and it shows how far can one man's talent go. In the song "White Water", Mr. Ritenour shows out to the world his incredible talent of mixing up both speed and feeling. It's scrumptious! Abraham Laboriel, John Patitucci, Harvey Mason, Nathan East, Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip, Paul Jackson Jr., Dave Grusin, Tim Landers, Vinnie Colaiuta, Omar Hakin, Carlos Vega, Phil Perry, Barnaby Finch, Anthony Jackson, Jimmy Johnson and the wonderful Marcus Miller. Need I say more?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction To Captain Fingers December 5, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I'm gonna be blunt- everyone might not like this. I heard "Night Rhythms" on V98.7 fm in Detroit, Michigan and thought- "Man, I need to pick up the album on which that song is on." I didn't wanna take a gamble, so I got a compilation album by Ritenour. Frankly, I thought "The Collection" was a little too latin-accented. But it grew on me. My favorites are "Early A.M. Attitude," "Night Rhythms," "Asa," "Is It You," & "The Sauce." But that's just me. I think anybody who has a spark of interest in Ricky Martin, Marc Anthoni, & Enrique Iglesias might be able to digest this more the average jazz fan. Maybe Martin fanatics will like the hispanic sound that "Captain Fingers" re-creates more than I do (or is it just a pre-millenium fad? hmmm.....). But anywho, pick up the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Rit April 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD
What is really nice about this collection is that it features so many other artists.It is a GRP allstar cast of sorts. Featured artists include Dave Grusin. Yellowjackets, Djvan, Marcus Miller, Ernie Watts, Harvey Mason, Paulinho Da Costa and many other smooth jazz players. Beginning with "Early A.M. Attitude " the msuic features Rit at the top of his game playing some of his most well known "hits" from the eighties. The music is taken from nine different albums. The albums "Harlequin" and "Festival" feature two songs each, the previously mentioned song and the tasty "San Ysidro" and "Night Rhythms with Ernie Watts blowing his mellow sax" and "Latin lover" that features the Brazilian vocal scat stylings of Joao Bosco over a samba-jazz-beat perspectively. If you are looking for something that captures early Rit than here you have a nice sampling. Rit has certain Wes Montgomery leanings in his music and you can catch some of it here. There are some good tracks to change the pace on your I-Pod here if you are a jazz lover or specifically a smooth jazz lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction For Anyone August 25, 2001
By teng
Format:Audio CD
Lee is the best..... This CD is a good sample for anyone who wants to know the Lee's talented style in playing the guitar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GRP Digital Masters Show the Way! October 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If there is any doubt about the advantage of doing things right the first time, GRP digital masters shows us why it's important to start with a great master source. This Lee Ritenour collection is a very good sampling of his best work in probably what was his most productive period i.e. the 80s. The tunes are every light jazz/pop fusion fan's delight and the sound quality although not remastered is quite good. I can only imagine how much better a remastered version of this already great recording would sound. If you are into great guitar playing, get this and the Larry Carlton Collection. Recommended.
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