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Lee Ritenour

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b. Lee Mack Ritenour, 11 January 1952, Los Angeles, CA, USA. The prolific Ritenour has established himself as one of the world's leading jazz guitarists with a series of accessible albums over three decades. Starting at the age of 16, Ritenour played his first session with The Mama's and the Papa's. Two years later he was backing Tony Bennett and Lena Horne at L.A.'s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Know as "Captain Fingers," Ritenour became a sought-after session player in the mid-70's. Starting in 1976, at the age of 24, he began his own solo career which now includes over 30 albums and collaborations

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Article: History of Jazz

Groove Town: Buffalo Jazz And Its Legacy - Historical Insights

Read "Groove Town: Buffalo Jazz And Its Legacy - Historical Insights" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz


From early on, Buffalo attracted musicians as a place to live and pursue their artistic endeavors—and they were excellent ones: Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jimmie Lunceford, Pete Johnson, and Stuff Smith. Dodo Greene, two masters of polyrhythm, Frankie Dunlop and Clarence Becton, as well as pianist and bassist Wade Legge grew up here. Two distinctive voices on ...

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News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lee Ritenour

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lee Ritenour

All About Jazz is celebrating Lee Ritenour's birthday today! b. Lee Mack Ritenour, 11 January 1952, Los Angeles, CA, USA. The prolific Ritenour has established himself as one of the world's leading jazz guitarists with a series of accessible albums over three decades. Starting at the age of 16, Ritenour played his first session with The ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Bryan Lubeck

Read "Take Five with Bryan Lubeck" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Bryan Lubeck Billboard Magazine's “Critic's Choice" Bryan Lubeck is known for the fusion of his romantic Spanish guitar style and smooth, energetic urban grooves. Bryan has become a familiar name in contemporary instrumental radio and streaming platforms over the last decade, with his 2021 release Midnight Sun becoming an Amazon #1 best-selling album. He began ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Brecker, Rodney Holmes, Brett Garsed, and from the '70s Sonny Fortune, Lee Ritenour and George Duke

Read "Michael Brecker, Rodney Holmes, Brett Garsed, and from the '70s Sonny Fortune, Lee Ritenour and George Duke" reviewed by Len Davis


Michael Brecker from his album Wide Angles, drummer Rodney Holmes, Sonny Fortune, Lee Ritenour and George Duke.Playlist Michael Brecker"Modus Operandi" from Wide Angles (Verve) 00:00 Rodney Holmes “The Bronx Experiment" from Twelve months of October (Self Produced 06:13 Uncle Moe's Space Ranch “[email protected]" from Uncle Moe's Space Ranch (Tone Centre) 12:22 Dirty Martini “Miss ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Niacin, Mike Stern, Bob Berg, Dave Weckl, Lee Riteniour

Read "Niacin, Mike Stern, Bob Berg, Dave Weckl, Lee Riteniour" reviewed by Len Davis


John McLaughlin from The Boston Record, the late Bob Berg, Mike Stern and Wayne Krantz.Playlist John McLaughlin & 4th Dimension"Call & Answer" from The Boston Record (Abstract Logix) 00:00 Niacin “Revenge" from High Bias (Stretch) 07:45 Bob Berg"American Gothic" from Back Roads (Denon) 15:30 Dave Weckl “7th Avenue South" from Heads Up (GRP) 23:26 ...

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Article: Album Review

Lyle Mays: Eberhard

Read "Eberhard" reviewed by John Kelman


When pianist, keyboardist, synthesist and composer Lyle Mays passed away at the far too young age of 66 following a long battle with a recurring (but, to this day, undisclosed) illness in February 2020, it was a major loss for his fans. It was an especially deep body blow to those who'd followed his decades-long work ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lee Ritenour, Jeff Lorber, Igor Wilcox, Justin Rothberg and much more

Read "Lee Ritenour, Jeff Lorber, Igor Wilcox, Justin Rothberg and much more" reviewed by Len Davis


Lee Ritenour, Jeff Lorber, Vernon Dollar & Adala from Zimbabwe, Igor Wilcox Quartet's new single “UFO" and new releases also from Dewa Budjana, Justin Rothberg and Julian Lage. Playlist Lee Ritenour “Twist Of Rit" from A Twist Of Rit (Concord) 00:00 Jeff Lorber Fusion “Curiosity" from Space Time (Shanachie) 06:52 Vernon Dollar & Adala ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid

Read "Dean Brown: Global Fusion on Acid" reviewed by Jim Worsley


From the outset, the equation was simple enough. Jazz + rock = fusion. However, whether it was Miles Davis, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, or any of the pioneers of fusion, the music has always been far from simplistic. Musical depth has long been the trademark of a genre that has been through many incarnations and traversed ...

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Article: Album Review

Rogér Fakhr: Fine Anyway

Read "Fine Anyway" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


Based in Berlin, the label Habibi Funk took its name from an online comment about one of its mixes. “Habibi" is actually the Arabic word for “darling," which seems fitting for a company intent on sharing the love. Their stated aim is to reissue mostly North African musical treasures from the 1970s and '80s, ranging from ...


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