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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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  • Audio CD (March 2, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B0000001SN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I highly recommend this CD to all guitar music enthusiasts.
Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue*
This project is one of those efforts and a sign of maturity and security in one's ability.
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This album was my first exposure to both Lee Ritenour and Wes Montgomery.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* VINE VOICE on January 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"I think - I hope - I've done justice to Wes without losing my own identity." ~ Lee Ritenour

I've had this CD since 1993 and I love it. It was a gift to me along with tickets to watch Lee Ritenour's live concert at the Universal Amphitheatre in the nineties and after listening to the CD and watching the concert, I have included him in my list of favorite guitarists of all-time. This CD topped the Billboard Jazz Chart in 1993 and is a tribute to a great jazz legend, Wes Montgomery, who was the greatest influence in Lee Ritenour's guitar playing. Mr. Ritenour's style has been impressively influenced by Brazilian music but retained his own distinctive sound.

This CD consists of ten marvelous tracks in which four are his very own compositions: "Wes Bound," "A Little Bumpin'," "A New Day" and "Ocean Ave." The rest of the tracks are all original compositions of the great Wes Montgomery. Track #5 "Waiting In Vain" was written by Bob Marley and the lead vocal was provided by Maxi Priest.

Some of the highlights for me are the initial/title track "Wes Bound" which has a very contemporary groove, followed by Montgomery's "Boss City" which Ritenour interpreted splendidly with a shuffle style. "Ocean Ave." is also one of the best tracks and has some of the finest musicians backing him up, an incomparable pianist, Alan Broadbent and a skilled drummer and percussionist, Harvey Mason, to name a few.

I especially love track # 4, his own composition "A Little Bumpin'" with my all-time favorite contemporary jazz artist whom I also watched in a live concert, Bob James on piano.

Following are notable quotes from Lee Ritenour about his great jazz legend idol, Mr.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Russell Diederich VINE VOICE on August 9, 2001
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This album was my first exposure to both Lee Ritenour and Wes Montgomery. Who could ask for anything more? Ritenour gives a stunning tribute to one of the greatest jazz guitarists ever to fret a chord. Montgomery always seemed to be playing effortlessly while always keeping the listener entertained by his rhythms and solos.
Ritenour splits the album by covering Montgomery for half the songs and spends the other half composing songs in the style of Montgomery. Ritenour's covers have a bit of artistic freedom as he colors the songs to his own style of playing. This album sounds more like a tribute to Ritenour's hero instead of someone flat out copying the songs note for note.
All of these songs are strictly instrumental (except for "Waiting In Vain", which really doesn't fit in with the other songs of the album). Ritenour's licks are fast, varied and entertaining. He has the classic L5 sound throughout the album that just screams jazz. The backing band gives the album more of a smooth jazz feeling, but Ritenour's playing stands out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 2000
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Having first been exposed to Lee Ritenour as an original member of the group "Fourplay," I now consider him among my favorite artists. Of his CDs, this Wes Montgomery tribute is my favorite. In describing Ritenour's feelings towards Montgomery's music, the liner notes open with the word "Intoxicating," and, in fact, that is the precise word I would use to describe this effort. It's been in my collection for about four years, and I can still listen to it for hours on end without tiring. The album has just the right touch of bluesy funk to complement the jazz, and has as much feel as it does sound. If you appreciate hard-hitting jazz guitar, you'll love Wes Bound.
As an aside, "Waiting in Vain" is quite off character in relation to the rest of the album and, therefore, could easily mislead those who recognize it from radio play. Do not let that song deter you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 2002
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This album shows that Wes Montgomery is one of Lee's idol. The track "A Little Bumpin"s very lively (also similar title to one of Wes Montgomery's song).
The rendition of Bob Marley's of "Waiting In Vain" is excellent. I have heard the original version and the instrument in this rendition is excellent.
The rendition of all Wes Montgomery's songs are also excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1999
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The technical excellence of Ritenour and the unbelieveable quality of the recording makes this CD a must have for any jazz lover. This has to be one of the best sounding CDs to ever be released. The only low point has to be the 'soft' remake of "Waiting in Vain".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 1999
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The most beautiful recent jazz issue.Great sensuality and tender music takes you in a different (better) world.Must-have for jazz colectors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on April 19, 2007
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From the early ninties comes possibly rit;s best effort has he pays tribute to one of the jazz guitar gods, Wes Montgomery. Half of the songs are written by Wes , the other by Rit. the fact that the songs he chose to write are played with complete Wes intonation is a marvel in the listening experience. The difference between the two artists is hardly discernible. I really like all of the tracks bu a few of my faves which I believe are the best are Wes's "Goi'n To Detroit,""Road Song" and "Boss City." Curiously enough he leaves out "Bumping on Sunset" but rather plays a very similar "Wes Bound" that is his own composition. Maybe there were some legal problems that didn't allow him to play one of Wes Montgomery's signature songs, "Bumping on Sunset?" In any case, it is unfortuante that that song is missing. The one addition that is out of place is probably one of the best songs even though it has vocals. I am talking about the Bob Marley classic "Waiting in Vain" Check it out, it is a nice version and still very fresh today. This smooth jazz album is one of Rit's best. If you are a guitar player that likes jazz this is for you. Also if you like jazz in general than this is the stuff.
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