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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 22, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Peak Records
  • ASIN: B000G8P1JQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Smoke 'n' Mirrors, the latest release from famed guitarist Lee Ritenour (a.k.a. Captain Fingers), features a progressive, innovative mix of world music and contemporary jazz. Blending his style of jazz -using electric and acoustic guitars with elements from Africa, Brazil, South America and India, Smoke 'n' Mirrors is a true Ritenour original; fresh in concept with original compositions and songs from around the world. A very timely and unique album for today's Global Village.

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As comfortable as guitarist Lee Ritenour has always been in the smooth jazz format, he has strived to go beyond it with his embrace of world music and serious jazz stylists including Wes Montgomery. Smoke 'N' Mirrors is a characteristic production in gathering up a sizable cast of contemporary cronies including Patrice Rushen, Dave Grusin, Richard Bona and Abraham Laboriel, but Ritenour's involvement in South African and Brazilian music and his emphasis on acoustic guitar give it a fresh identity. The wistful "Blue Days (Dias Azuis)," written and arranged by Daniel Jobim, son of Antonio Carlos, and featuring the singer Joyce, is one of the album's highlights. The young South African vocalist Zamajobe, featured on three songs, is a real discovery. You may wish Ritenour had stayed on ethnic turf and saved the more familiar, keyboard-sweetened fare for another album. Or you may enjoy the variety of Smoke 'N' Mirrors, which ranges percussively from Sheila E.'s congas to Satnam Ramgotra's Indian tablas. --Lloyd Sachs

Customer Reviews

The hand-clapping toward the end is pulsating!
21and12
I would recommend this CD to anyone who just loves listening to dam good musician, make even better music.
owens
This record showcases his talent as a real musician, and it's one of his most passionate records to date.
Nicholas Kalenze

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Kalenze on August 23, 2006
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"Smoke N' Mirrors" is a very diversified record with so much heart and soul. Lee Ritenour has really defined the art of guitar playing in so many different ways. What's unique about this record is that there are a total of 12 different guitars used ranging from Electric, Baritone, Acoustic Steel and Nylon string guitars. I have heard all of Ritenour's cds in the past, and yes I am a big fan. Ritenour never fails to expand new horizons on the guitar or in the world of jazz music. This record showcases his talent as a real musician, and it's one of his most passionate records to date.

This is not your typical smooth jazz cd. Yes, there are some smooth jazz tunes such as the title track. This track is very reminisent of something heard from his earlier days with the super group Fourplay. I love how Ritenour brings in musicians such as Dave Grusin, Daniel Jobim, and even some newcomers like his son and Zamajobe. What an effort!

I think this cd could grow on anybody. It's very acoustic sounding to me, and it's truly another sensational effort by one of today's most evolved and accomplished jazz musicians. For most Ritenour fans, you will not be disappointed. Ritenour is in a very elite group of jazz musicians in my opinion, and this cd showcases some of his finest songwriting and skills to date! Please check out this cd!

Nick Kalenze
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By 21and12 on September 2, 2006
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The latest CD by Rit, "Smoke n' Mirrors," is a musical journey from which you don't want to leave! Influenced by his recent trips to South Afica, and by his son's interest in percussion instruments, this album cooks from beginning to end. Unlike many guitarists who deconstruct songs so that the melody is lost, there are times I think Rit is a song-writer like Burt Bacharach - but with a guitar. The album has a little of everything without losing continuity. The title track sets the tone. The hand-clapping toward the end is pulsating! Then, Capetown begins with a James Taylor-like acoustic guitar intro and morphs into a South Afican vibe with a splash of funk. Rit cranks of the volume; the scorching octave volume on "Spellbinder"; the electric volume on "Motherland" (which would be awesome music set to highlights of, say, the Tour de France; and the Al Di Meola-like volume on "4 1/2 Storm" with bassist Richard Bona adding scat vocals! Want to joyfully journey back to the 80s? "Forget Me Nots" does just that!

Buy this and be happily fulfilled!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Davis on October 11, 2006
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I've been listening to Lee Ritenour since the early 80's and love most everything he has done. This CD brings back some memories of older days which frankly I prefer and the sound quality is amazing. Several of the songs are dashboard banging upbeat tunes that are very unique, uplifting and infectous. Highly recomend. My only question to Lee is when are you going to tour again??
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mario Toni Belamariæ on September 4, 2006
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Well, pretty good album, but for a long time Rit fan there are a better ones! The last song on the album reminds me of an old GRP sound, but for me there is always a question of (modern) production... For instance, I am very pleased to hear Fender Rhodes keyboard on a few songs, but this modern drum production sounds so shallow and therefore the whole song sound (the songs are great) is shallow too! Anyway, a solid 4!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Hacker on January 9, 2007
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Probably one Lee's best albums. An interesting international flavour, biased towards South Africa gives an exciting change to the latin influences that runs through much of his work. If you like Smooth Jazz with good tunes then this is top notch. Excellent musicianship and v ery good sound recording. If I say as I expected don't be disappointed, its just the consistent high standards that he sets for his work. A must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By American Eagle on June 7, 2009
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This was my first Ritenour CD and I found it to be fantastic. The arrangements are top notch professionally done. The moods flow from South African rythems to a flavorful Brazilian beat. The title track Smoke and Mirrors and my favorite,Forget Me Nots are rooted in American jazz and soul music. This rich blend of sounds makes this CD a true listening experience. I highly recommend this CD to add to your jazz collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hudson on February 8, 2007
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I am biased being a huge fan of Lee Ritenour. I was hooked when i heard Harlequin in 1984. The New album is Typical Lee with some uptempo pieces and some ballads with the occasional vocal song. His playing just keeps getting better like wine that ages. If you are a fan this is a must have and hopefully it will grab some new fans along the way. Highly recommended..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey M. Steron on January 11, 2007
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I have been listing to Lee Ritenour since the begining of his career.

And I really enjoy listing to Smoke'n Mirrors.

My favorite songs the CD are Lee's cover's of Dave Grusin's Southwest Passage, and of Patrice Rushen's Forget Me Nots.

Overall I enjoyed the entire CD.
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