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Lee Ritenour e Dave Grusin - Concerto e Masterclass a Roma

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Lee Ritenour e Dave Grusin Forum Music Village Live Session e Masterclass Roma 26-27.03.2017 Lee Ritenour e Dave Grusin, forti di una collaborazione che dura da oltre 40 anni, sono due dei musicisti più direttamente legati alla musica fusion, genere che ha imperversato per almeno due decenni a partire dalla seconda metà degli anni '70. Ritenour ha cominciato giovanissimo come chitarrista facendo il turnista per session di studio, diventando in ...

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Lee Ritenour: Behind a "Twist of Rit"

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Lee Ritenour is a musical talent who approaches jazz as an artist does a canvas. He takes time to explore colorful arrangements within each song he records mixing various degrees of fusion, rock, blues, and funk based on the feel of the song. Ritenour has become a master of his own style in creating music that reflects the story of each song he performs through the instrument of the guitar. He has an innate passion to create message music that ...

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Lee Ritenour at Scullers

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Lee Ritenour Scullers Boston, MA October 4, 2015 Guitarist Lee Ritenour has made a career as such a versatile session man (with session work ranging from Joe Henderson to Pink Floyd) and has done so many smooth jazz and pop dates that hardcore jazz fans can be forgiven for not having seen him burn live in the company of a real band on standards and his own originals. Ritenour assembled a vibrant ...

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Brazilians Spice Up Annual Montana Guitar Festival

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Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival Flathead Lake Lodge Bigfork, Montana August 30-September 5, 2015 Forget for a moment the stellar roster of international guitar greats at Bigfork, Montana's annual Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival, their inspired performances and enthusiastic, SRO crowds. This annual weeklong mixture of master classes and nightly public performances on the grounds of a half century-old traditional “dude ranch" boasts something that likely no other festival in the ...

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Album Review

Lee Ritenour: 6 String Theory

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The very gift that makes a session musician great can also be a curse. Oftentimes expected to be chameleon-like, it's that very act of becoming a credible musical shape-shifter that can sometimes lead to a loss of individuality. Lee Ritenour is a consummate and complete guitarist if ever there was one; his varied discography supporting a seemingly insatiable appetite for anything to do with the six-stringed instrument and all its variations. Often (and, in many cases, unfairly) linked too heavily ...

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Album Review

Lee Ritenour: Smoke 'n' Mirrors

Read "Smoke 'n' Mirrors" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


With a deep admiration for Wes Montgomery and a penchant for Brazilian music, Lee Ritenour is one of the most prolific guitarists in modern jazz. Whether as a front man, sideman or member of a group, “Captain Fingers can always be counted on for quality music. A Grammy winner, Ritenour has performed or recorded with several jazz, pop and R&B acts throughout his career, including Steely Dan, Bob James, Tony Bennett, The Mamas and the Papas and the Brothers Johnson, ...

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Album Review

Lee Ritenour: Smoke n' Mirrors

Read "Smoke n' Mirrors" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


If travel is a broadening experience for the average Joe, it must be positively a revelation for the restless artist. Such is the case for Lee Ritenour, a musician who abandoned the comfort zone of cranking out innocuous jams for the far more risky territory of fusing world beat with contemporary jazz.In 2005, the guitarist performed in a series of concerts in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. The trip left such an impression upon him that for ...


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