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Larry & Lee

Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Lee Ritenour & Larry CarltonAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 25, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B0000001UU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Your Pleasure June 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
There is something special about two guitarists trading licks back and forth. Funny how four years after this album Larry Carlton would end up replacing Lee Ritenour in the group Foreplay. This album will not disappoint you if you're a fan of either guitarist. Both men are incredibly talented with the guitar, and play with real drive and emotion.
The album starts out with a great tune in "Crosstown Kids", which prepares you for what's to come. "L.A. Underground" really steps it up with Ritenour leading the way, breaking in several places to give Carlton a place to play. On the cut, "After the Rain" they lay back and play a very smooth piece before turning it up again on "Remembering". Throughout the album, these guitarists use each other to springboard to new levels of playing. They take turns expanding on an idea, combining their styles to really bring out some fun music.
There is some very good stuff on this album. Ritenour's smooth playing is counterbalanced by the bluesy edge of Carlton's. The complement is enjoyable, and it gives quite a coloring to the music. Guitar fans should find this album very impressive. It is one that I keep revisiting.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album July 10, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
If you like Larry Carlton you'll like this album. If you like Lee Ritenour you'll love this album. Although Larry is my favorite guitarist I thought Lee had the best guitar parts but Larry wrote the best songs. A must have.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic!!! July 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you're a jazz guitar fan, this cd will blow you away. Impossible to pick a favorite track because every one is pure magic. Tasteful, intelligent smooth-jazz at it's best. Larry & Lee - if you read this - please get together and make another cd. It would be a shame if this turns out to be your only collaboration...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth Guitar Yin and Yan April 26, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This disk is great for many reasons.

What I like best is that it is a musical laboratory where each song is an experiment exposing key elements of what makes each guitarist great. At the end, I think Larry and Lee have very complementary approaches to guitar playing, composing and arranging. You get to hear that more clearly on this disk as a result of the mix of playing styles and songs than you would on their solo disks.

Let's start with key Lee elements. From a guitar playing standpoint, he can do just about everything well and make it sound easy. As a soloist, he has much more jazz in his jazz blues mix. Lee is very much from the Wes Montgomery/George Benson school. From a song writing perspective, he writes very strong lead lines. "Crosstown Kids" and "LA Underground" showcase this best. From an arranging perspective, he tends to let the rest of the band handle the chords and harmony of the song. In this respect, Lee is like Grant Green as a song writer.

Key Larry elements: From a guitar playing standpoint, Larry puts out a more limited range of guitar technique and everything he does is infused with Carlton. Larry is about Larryness. (In some sense, Lee is so free, great and easy about everything technically that his guitar personality is harder to pin down.) As a soloist, Larry has much more blues and R&B than jazz. But when he goes into jazzland, it often has more dissonance and angularity then is typical for jazz guitar, smooth or otherwise. To me, Larry is more like Grant Green as soloist. From a song writing perspective, Larry is about close harmonies played by the guitar either through chords or doubled lead lines. The rest of the band is more about playing accents and handling the harmony during guitar solos. This is on full display in "Remembering J.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A geniuos mix! July 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Larry and Lee project is probably the most exciting collaboration in jazz-music the last decade.
The record is a superb mix of jazz, funk, country and rock music. The two guitarist get the chance too play with, against, and for each other. It`s no show-off-record but a record which puts the melody and the guitar itself in center. It`s filled with top musicians who know how to play along with these two skilled and magnificant guitar players.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best play together. May 6, 2013
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No competition here just two of the best guitarists and jazz contemporaries in the world playing together. Is it possible to get better than this? I doubt it. Another great album for your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as cheeezy/smooooth as you'd expect September 28, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Weeeelllll, maybe it is. But it's real cheese, not processed slices.

As a longterm fan of LC via his ultra-sweet Steely work (Kid C, Josie, Third World Man, etc etc) and the best of his solo stuff (various cuts on the first half dozen semi-smoooth cds), and an appreciator of Lee for his genre-defining smooothness, I expected mostly pleasant pap from this puppy.

But as Rob Reiner would say about Spinal Tap: "I got that...and a whole lot more!"

There's some fire here, muted at points but at others well-defined (cuts 2,3,4,6). These guys are well aware that there are massive smooth-jazz radio royalties at stake (ok, maybe not massive but at least beach-enabling), and they fulfill those moments predictably, but there are also some truly tasty moments. Not to mention the various ridiculously dead-on session bassists and drummers (Harvey Mason has some very solid moments).

Lar lays into it at points and his wickedly crisp phrasing brings Lee to the table ready to play, and we all win. Gotta give Ritenour credit: few git-boxists ever let their ego relax this much in favor of real harmony.

This session reminds me of the early Eagles: everybody loves to call them Too Perfect, but when you lay back and really listen.....there's some harmonically fine music awaitin'. Won't change your life, but might gently relax and enhance it.

Have you ever had mind-blowing sex beside a swimming pool or the ocean and laid there afterwards in total bliss thinking, whoa, that rocked my world?

This album would fit well on the speakers in the palm trees at that moment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little too slick, not enough composition
This album nicely frames the skill of the two guitarists, but the compositions aren't compelling. I much prefer either artist when backing up others. Read more
Published 2 months ago by learjeff
4.0 out of 5 stars Lee & Larry, Larry & Lee!
All I can say, is it's sad that this is the only duet CD from these guys. Agreeing with another users review, there is just something special about 2 guitarists trading licks that... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Blake Kersey
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow #%$ after a long search
I searched long and hard to find a copy of this disc. It was hard to find in 2002. Found a copy on vacation in Chicago. Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by Verner M. Radcliff Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars WHEN EAST MEETS WEST
WAY BACK IN THE 80s I DREAMED AND WISHED THAT LARRY AND LEE SHOULD COLLABORATE IN ONE ALBUM AND THEN THEY CAN REST ON THEIR LAURELS AND MAKE A PERMANENT PLACE IN JAZZ HISTORY AS... Read more
Published on February 8, 2011 by gener/mendoza*bluesman4life
3.0 out of 5 stars lesser than the sum of its parts
As a guitarist myself, I love both Lee and Larry's playing and agree with their approach to this CD (music over chops), but this and many of both their individual efforts just do... Read more
Published on March 11, 2010 by A. E. Pagano
5.0 out of 5 stars Larry and Lee
Been a fan of Larry Carlton since his early years playing the Baked Potato in LA. This compilation with Lee Ritenour does not disappoint. Any Guitar fan will enjoy this project.
Published on November 9, 2009 by Malibularry
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the best Contemporary Jazz Duets I've ever heard!
This cd is a must have for any contemporary jazz fan! If you love guitar or excellent contemporary jazz this is one of those hidden gems. Read more
Published on May 25, 2009 by The Harrier
5.0 out of 5 stars Larry & Lee: Exceptional Indeed
An absolutely outstanding jazz CD. The louder you play it the better it sounds! I had put this on my wish list many years ago after a chance hearing on the radio and was not... Read more
Published on August 18, 2003 by Mike E. Cooperider
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