Rhythm Sessions

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Lee Ritenour's Rhythm Sessions is, in a roundabout way, a companion album to 2010's Six String Theory. For that record, he sought out a slew of guitar greats to celebrate their joint love for the instrument. Here, Ritenour assembles another top-flight cast for a set of tunes that range from fusion to pop, from contemporary jazz to post-bop and more. "The Village" places the guitarist with George Duke, Stanley Clarke, drummer Dave Weckl, and percussionist Munyungo Jackson. The fusion groove is nocturnal, slippery, even bluesy. Kurt Elling joins Dave Grusin, Nathan East, and Will Kennedy for an elegant reading of Nick Drake's "River Man." Ritenour's revisioning of Herbie ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Lee Ritenour's Rhythm Sessions is, in a roundabout way, a companion album to 2010's Six String Theory. For that record, he sought out a slew of guitar greats to celebrate their joint love for the instrument. Here, Ritenour assembles another top-flight cast for a set of tunes that range from fusion to pop, from contemporary jazz to post-bop and more. "The Village" places the guitarist with George Duke, Stanley Clarke, drummer Dave Weckl, and percussionist Munyungo Jackson. The fusion groove is nocturnal, slippery, even bluesy. Kurt Elling joins Dave Grusin, Nathan East, and Will Kennedy for an elegant reading of Nick Drake's "River Man." Ritenour's revisioning of Herbie Hancock's "Fat Albert Rotunda" showcases just how savvy he is at adapting a jazz-funk classic for the 21st century without sacrificing its vigor. The band -- Patrice Rushen on acoustic piano with Debron Johnson on Rhodes, Marcus Miller and Melvin Lee Davis on basses, Rob Bacon on rhythm guitar, and Oscar Seaton on drums -- rock it up a bit while keeping the ensemble and rhythmic interplay fluid, yet firmly in the pocket. Ritenour surprises by including two tunes by the European piano trio E.S.T.: "800 Streets by Feet" and "Spam-Boo-Limbo." In both cases, he uses the harmonic elasticity of the originals to dig inside their hardwired, interlocking grooves. He reveals them as rife for contemporary jazz as well as post-bop. Chick Corea stars on his own shimmering "Children's Song," with Ritenour playing classical guitar augmented by drummer Peter Erskine and Chuck Bergdorfer on bass. This set is not all cover tunes, however; Ritenour contributes three fine compositions -- "July" (a breezy little funk tune with excellent bass work by Melvin Davis), "Rose Pedals" (a crossover classical jazz piece), and "Dolphins Don't Dance" (a limber, Latin-tinged modern jazz tune with Larry Goldings on B-3). The set closer is a reading of Grusin's elegant, R&B-flavored "Punta del Soul," featuring the three young winners of his Six String Theory Guitar & Rhythm Section Competition. Rhythm Sessions underscores Ritenour's ability to place himself in any jazz ensemble -- he's almost chameleon-like -- without sacrificing his unique voice or ability as a soloist. This utterly unique recording in the contemporary jazz genre is a fine showcase for his skills as a bandleader.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2012
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072337091
  • Catalog Number: 33709
  • Sales rank: 33,571

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Village (5:06)
  2. 2 River Man (4:35)
  3. 3 Fat Albert Rotunda (4:43)
  4. 4 800 Streets By Feet (3:25)
  5. 5 Children's Song #1 (5:16)
  6. 6 L.A. By Bike (5:44)
  7. 7 Maybe Tomorrow (3:41)
  8. 8 Spam-Boo-Limbo (4:01)
  9. 9 July (4:54)
  10. 10 Rose Pedals (3:53)
  11. 11 Dolphins Don't Dance (6:50)
  12. 12 Punta Del Soul (5:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee Ritenour Primary Artist, Guitar, Classical Guitar
Patrice Rushen Piano
George Duke Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Peter Erskine Drums
Larry Goldings bass pedals, Hammond B3
John Beasley Piano
Chuck Berghofer Acoustic Bass
Stanley Clarke Acoustic Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Chick Corea Piano
Dave Grusin Piano, fender rhodes
Nathan East Bass
Sonny Emory Drums
Munyungo Jackson Percussion
Deron Johnson fender rhodes
Christian McBride Acoustic Bass
Marcus Miller Electric Bass
Alan Pasqua Piano
Dave Weckl Drums
Kurt Elling Vocals
Will Kennedy Drums
Oscar Seaton Drums
Melvin Lee Davis Bass
Tal Wilkenfeld Bass, Bass Guitar
Demetrius Nabors Piano
Ariel Mann Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboards
Rob Bacon Rhythm Guitar
Michael Feinberg Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Zamajobe Vocals
Wesley Ritenour Drums
Selim Munir Drums
Hans De Wild Hammond B3
R.J. Benjamin Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Nick Drake Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
John Burk Executive Producer
Chick Corea Composer
Dave Grusin Arranger, Composer
Don Murray Engineer, Pro-Tools
Jack Perry Videography
Lee Ritenour Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Pro-Tools
Mark Wexler Executive Producer
Paul Fried Composer
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Magnus Öström Composer
Benjamin Einziger Composer
George Purviance Composer
Stephanie Eitel Composer
Dan Berglund Composer
Ashley Stagg Videography
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Melvin Lee Davis Pro-Tools
Demetrius Nabors Arranger
Ariel Mann Arranger, Programming, Engineer, Pro-Tools
Julie Porter Videography
Mathieu Zazzo Photo Courtesy
Chris Allen Engineer
Matt Robertson Videography
Esbörn Svensson Composer
Arthur Schaer Pro-Tools
Johnathan Fernandez Videography
Mark Scoggins Videography
R.J. Benjamin Engineer
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