Lee Ritenour: Alive in L.A.
Fortunately, I was proven quite wrong! This was a great gig which resulted in an excellent recording. There's lots of empathetic group interplay and inspired, well-executed solos. Many of the tunes are from the Wes Bound and Stolen Moments CDs, which tend more towards the straight-ahead jazz segment of Ritenour's repertoire. Ritenour also digs back to his first Brasilian album, Rio, for "San Juan Sunset" (by Deodato) and "Rio Funk." The latter cut represents the only throw-away on an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable program. Hasn't Lee recorded this tune enough? This version offers nothing new, except a canned drum loop (yes - on a live gig). The lone new piece on this date is "Pacific Nights," an acoustic guitar feature which serves not only as a technical exercise but as a beautiful piece of music.
Record Label: GRP Records