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Lee Ritenour - Collection - 1976-2015, APE, FLAC
1976-2015 | Jazz, jazz-funk, jazz fusion, smooth jazz
FLAC, Lossless | 9.49 Gb

Lee Mack Ritenour (born January 11, 1952) is an American jazz guitarist who has contributed to over 3000 sessions and has charted over 30 contemporary jazz hits since 1976

Ritenour was born January 11, 1952 in Los Angeles, California. He has maintained a delicate balance between the individual creative vision and the group dynamic, since the beginning of his career. Lee played his first session when he was 16 with the Mamas & the Papas and given the moniker, "Captain Fingers", because of his manual dexterity on the guitar. Ritenour was a sought-after session guitarist by the mid-1970s, and won Guitar Player magazine's Best Studio Guitarist twice in the 1970s. He is noted for playing his red Gibson ES-335 and his Gibson L5 guitars. Since his early recordings in the 1970s, Lee has held numerous #1 spots on guitar polls, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian SJ Awards, and a prestigious "Alumnus of the Year" Award from the University of Southern California. He has recorded more than 40 albums that have yielded 35 chart songs. As a young guitarist, he put his combination of diverse musical styles and brilliant technical chops to work on more than 3,000 sessions with a broad spectrum of artists, and was a founding member of Fourplay, which is considered the most successful group in contemporary jazz. His prolific career includes a Grammy Award for the collaborative work Harlequin (1985), and 19 Grammy nominations. Ritenour also holds the distinction of having two of the promotional videos for his songs "Is It You" and "Mr. Briefcase" being played during MTV's first day. Ritenour has been at the top of many guitar polls throughout the world.
As a teenager, Lee studied with the legendary Joe Pass. Among others like Joe Pass, Kenny Burrell and John McLaughlin, one of his most notable influences is the pioneering jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, who is the namesake of his son and album entitled "Wes Bound." Throughout his career, Ritenour has experimented with different styles of music. A true fusionist, he has often incorporated elements of funk, pop, rock, blues, Brazilian and most recently with Amparo (2008), classical music with jazz. In the early 1980s, Ritenour was given his own Ibanez signature model guitar, the LR-10. The LR-10 was produced from 1981 to 1987. It can be heard exclusively on his album Rit. Currently, Ritenour plays the Gibsons that he first played in the 1970s (the ES-335 and L5), and now also plays his signature Lee Ritenour Model archtop guitar made by Gibson.
Lee celebrated five decades as a guitarist in 2010 with the release of 6 String Theory, which features Vince Gill, Slash, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Cray, Steve Lukather, Neal Schon, John Scofield, Mike Stern and George Benson. The album also introduced Andy McKee, Joe Robinson and Guthrie Govan. The record was in conjunction with his first multi-national 6 String Theory Competition, sponsored by Yamaha, Berklee College of Music, Montreux Jazz Festival, Blue Note Tokyo, Crown of the Continents Guitar Foundation Workshop and Festival, Monster, Premier Guitar, Jazz Monthly, Music Connection, Concord Records and D'Addario. The mission is to support aspiring musicians across all genres towards a professional music career through scholarships, recording, performing, mentoring and prizes. The winner, a classical guitarist, Shon Boblil from Montreal, received a full 4-year scholarship to Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2014. Because of the mutual interest in supporting the development of the next generation of guitar artists, Crown of the Continents Guitar Foundation hosted the finals of the SST competition in Montana, August 2011 and the final and semi-finals in 2012 with all participants receiving scholarships for the COCGF workshop.
The Six String Theory competition, which is now a Non Profit Organization, continues to grow. In 2012, Lee expanded the competition for Piano, Bass and Drums musicians to complete a full rhythm section. The Grand Prize winners were honored to appear with Lee on his Rhythm Sessions album, which also features luminaries such as Chick Corea, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Dave Grusin, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Marcus Miller and many others. The 4 winners also performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival as the opening concert for Lee's show on July 8, 2014. Additional prizes awarded include: four Berklee College of Music scholarships, Yamaha instruments and endorsements, as well as Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation Workshop & Festival, Scholarships and more. The winner of the guitar competition, Tony Pusztai of Hungary, will also record a track on Lee's upcoming album, Twist Of Rit to be released 2015 by Concord Records.

1976 - First Course
1977 - Captain Fingers
1977 - Gentle Thoughts
1977 - Sugar Loaf Express
1978 - Friendship
1978 - The Captain's Journey
1979 - Feel the Night
1979 - Rio
1981 - Rit
1982 - Rit 2
1983 - On the Line
1984 - Banded Together
1985 - Harlequin (& Dave Grusin)
1986 - Earth Run
1987 - Portrait
1988 - Festival
1989 - Color Rit
1990 - Stolen Moments
1992 - Wes Bound
1995 - Larry & Lee (& Larry Carlton)
1997 - Alive in L.A.
1998 - This is Love
2000 - Two Worlds (& Dave Grusin)
2002 - Rit's House
2003 - The Best of
2005 - Overtime
2005 - World of Brazil
2006 - Smoke 'n' Mirrors
2008 - Amparo (& Dave Grusin)
2010 - 6 String Theory
2012 - Rhythm Sessions
2012 - Masterpieces: Best Of The GRP Years
2015 - A Twist Of Rit


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