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Twist of Rit
     

A Twist of Rit

by Lee Ritenour
 

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Released in conjunction with a five-LP vinyl box set of some of his classic albums, guitarist Lee Ritenour's 2015 studio effort, A Twist of Rit, finds him looking back over his career, revisiting and reworking songs from some of his earliest albums. In fact, many of the songs here were culled off his debut record, 1975's First Course. Joining Ritenour on

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Released in conjunction with a five-LP vinyl box set of some of his classic albums, guitarist Lee Ritenour's 2015 studio effort, A Twist of Rit, finds him looking back over his career, revisiting and reworking songs from some of his earliest albums. In fact, many of the songs here were culled off his debut record, 1975's First Course. Joining Ritenour on A Twist of Rit are such longtime collaborators as pianist Dave Grusin, drummer Dave Weckl, saxophonist Ernie Watts, and Fender Rhodes keyboardist John Beasley. Also featured is classical guitarist Tony Pusztai, who took home the grand prize in Ritenour's 2014 Six String Theory competition. Musically, this is soulful, groove-oriented jazz that will be familiar to most of Ritenour's longtime fans. And while many of the cuts on A Twist of Rit are reworked versions of older songs like "Wild Rice," "Fatback," and "Sweet Syncopation," they've been given new arrangements (hence, the "twist") and sound as contemporary as anything off Ritenour's previous Concord album, 2012's Rhythm Sessions. The transformation works especially well on the melody for "Soaring," off 1986's Earth Run. Originally played on the MIDI-controlled SynthAxe, here Ritenour sticks to a rounded, more natural guitar tone for a nuanced, modern fusion sound. Nonetheless, cuts like the sultry "Ooh Yeah" and the organic "A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That," replete with a hard-hitting R&B horn section, retain much of the breezy '70s soul style that made them sound so fresh to begin with. Similarly, "Countdown" from 1985's Rit, Vol. 1 and "Bullet Train" from 1979's Friendship 2 have the loose, congenial vibe of old friends reuniting. Ultimately, A Twist of Rit works to remind listeners of Ritenour's legacy as one of the driving innovators of instrumental smooth jazz.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2015
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0888072372436
catalogNumber:
37243
Rank:
13497

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Performance Credits

Lee Ritenour   Primary Artist,Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar
Patrice Rushen   Electric Piano,fender rhodes
Makoto Ozone   Hammond Organ,Electro-Acoustic Piano
Bob Sheppard   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
John Beasley   Synthesizer,Electric Piano,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Michael Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
David T. Walker   Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Dave Grusin   Synthesizer,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Soloist,Synthesizer Vibes,Electro-Acoustic Piano
Wendell Kelly   Trombone
Tom Kennedy   Acoustic Bass
Ernie Watts   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Wah-Wah Watson   Guitar
Dave Weckl   Drums,Hand Drums
Tom Luer   Tenor Saxophone
Rashawn Ross   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Chris Coleman   Drums
Melvin Lee Davis   Electric Bass
Adam Schroeder   Baritone Saxophone
Ronald Bruner   Drums
Tony Pusztai   Classical Guitar

Technical Credits

Tom Scott   Horn Arrangements
John Beasley   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Mitch Holder   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer
Michael Omartian   Horn Arrangements
Lee Ritenour   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Ernie Watts   Composer
Mark Wexler   Executive Producer
Paul Goldman   Artist
Toshi Sakurai   Videography
Ashley Stagg   Videography
Todd Kapelt   Videography
Melodie Pisciotti   Cover Design

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