Lee Ritenour – Rhythm Sessions

January 25, 2013 / No Comments / Tags: Alan Pasqua, chick corea, Christian McBride, Dave Gruisin, george duke, kurt elling, Lee Ritenour, marcus miller, Nathan East, peter erskine, Rhythm Sessions, stanley clarke, thejaz, Zamajobe

(Concord Records)

Guitarist Lee Ritenour is a master at blending varies styles and collaborations and making them work. His latest product Rhythm Sessions is an excellent case study. On this effort, Ritenour mixes all-star lineups of musicians into an electic array of tunes to create a thoroughly enjoyable album. Joining him on the project  are the likes of George Duke, Dave Gruisin, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Marcus Miller, Nathan East, Alan Pasqua, Peter Erskine, Christian McBride and too many others to name. Ritenour’s ability to mesh all these talents and a diverse collection of tunes is amazing, but so too is his playing, which is top shelf. The material is mostly instrumental, and mostly original, with two of the three excellently done vocals featuring Kurt Elling and South African vocalist Zamajobe. This is another outstanding work from Ritenour.

Click here to listen to a clip of “The Village”.

Tracks: The Village, River Man, Fat Albert Rotunda, 800 Streets by Feet, Children’s Song #1, LA by Bike, Maybe Tomorrow, Spam-Boo-Limbo, July, Rose Pedals, Dolphins Don’t Dance, Punta Del Soul.

Website: LeeRitenour.com