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Rit's House
     

Rit's House

by Lee Ritenour
 
Creatively, Lee Ritenour has had his ups and downs over the years. Many of the guitarist's commercial pop-jazz efforts have wasted his skills as an improviser; when Ritenour is catering to NAC/smooth jazz radio, improvisation is the usually the first thing to go. But when Ritenour does have a chance to stretch out, he can be an appealing improviser. Although quite

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Creatively, Lee Ritenour has had his ups and downs over the years. Many of the guitarist's commercial pop-jazz efforts have wasted his skills as an improviser; when Ritenour is catering to NAC/smooth jazz radio, improvisation is the usually the first thing to go. But when Ritenour does have a chance to stretch out, he can be an appealing improviser. Although quite accessible, Rit's House is among his more memorable and substantial efforts. This 2002 release has a soul-jazz/post-bop outlook that often recalls the late '60s and early '70s; for the most part, it is the sort of album that guitarist Grant Green would have been comfortable recording during that era. But Ritenour's guitar playing owes a lot more to Wes Montgomery, who is obviously his primary influence on Gabor Szabo's "Mizrab," as well as original tunes like "78th & 3rd" (which features organist Joey DeFrancesco) and the dusky "Olinda." One of the CD's best tracks has nothing to do with jazz: "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic." Featuring former Doobie Brothers vocalist Michael McDonald, this interesting remake of the Police's 1981 hit is not only a departure from the rest of the album -- it is also a big departure from the original version. While the Police's version was up-tempo pop
ock, Ritenour and McDonald transform "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" into an adult contemporary/quiet storm ballad. That track is the CD's only vocal offering; the rest of Rit's House is instrumental. Arguably, 1992's Wes Bound is still Ritenour's best studio album -- certainly from a jazz perspective. But this CD is also respectable, and those who enjoyed hearing the guitarist stretching out on that mostly straightahead disc will also find a lot to enjoy about Rit's House.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2002
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0731458982524
catalogNumber:
589825

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Performance Credits

Lee Ritenour   Primary Artist,Guitar
Michael McDonald   Vocals,Background Vocals
George Duke   fender rhodes
Peter Erskine   Drums
John Beasley   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Dave Carpenter   Acoustic Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Melvin Davis   Bass
Joey DeFrancesco   Hammond Organ
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dan Higgins   Flute,Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Indian Flute
Mitch Holder   Acoustic Guitar
Randy Kerber   Synthesizer,Strings
Byron Landham   Drums
Marcus Miller   Bass
Alan Pasqua   Piano,Hammond Organ
Ernie Watts   Tenor Saxophone
Will Kennedy   Drums
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone

Technical Credits

Jerry Hey   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements
Mitch Holder   Arranger
Don Murray   Engineer
Lee Ritenour   Arranger,Producer
Mark Stephens   Contributor
Hollis King   Art Direction
EMI Ferguson   Engineer
Jochem van der Saag   Arranger

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