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Lee Ritenour - Rhythm Sessions

Ritenour Embarks on Innovative Musical Journey with All-Star Rhythm Sections Including Chick Corea, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Dave Grusin, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller and Winners of his Annual Six String Theory International Competition

In a career that spans five decades and more than 40 albums, guitarist Lee Ritenour has developed a keen understanding of the symbiotic balance between the frontman and the supporting players, between the wisdom of experience and the enthusiasm of youth. On Rhythm Sessions, Ritenour’s new album set for release on Concord Records, September 25, 2012, he surrounds himself with a cadre of high-profile veterans and promising newcomers – all of whom reaffirm the vital role played by the rhythm section in any worthwhile musical endeavor.

Included on the Rhythm Sessions roster are luminaries like Chick Corea, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller and many others. Also appearing throughout the record are the winners of Ritenour’s 2012 Rhythm Section Competition, an international event he launched in 2009 as a guitar competition and later expanded to include aspiring keyboardists, bassists and percussionists. The competition winners appearing on the album include keyboardist Hans de Wild (Holland), pianist Demetrius Nabors (Michigan), bassist Michael Feinberg (New York) and drummer Selim Munir (Turkey).  The album also features Ritenour’s 19-year-old son Wesley, an aspiring drummer in his own right on one of the tracks.

The most recent result of that ongoing experiment is an album that embraces a variety of sounds and grooves, all rooted in jazz, but also layered with shades of funk, R&B, Latin, world music and more. The album’s sense of variety stems from the eclectic source material. Some songs were penned by Ritenour, while others come from heavyweights like Herbie Hancock, Dave Grusin, Chick Corea, EST and Nick Drake. “I wanted the various rhythm sections assembled for this album – the guitar, keyboards, bass and drums – to be very organic,” says Ritenour. “The songs I wrote for this project were written with these different musicians in mind, and the songs I picked by other songwriters brought to mind certain players as well. So while my name may be on this record, it’s as much about these other players as it is about me.”

Ritenour’s previous recording, 6 String Theory, had focused primarily on guitar by featuring the international winners of his 2009 guitar competition. However, in keeping with his ongoing commitment to discovering and mentoring new talent, he quickly realized that there was so much ground yet to be covered. “There are just so many great piano players and bass players and drummers out there, so when it came time to make Rhythm Sessions, I thought, ‘Why not make a record featuring some of those great players, and then extend the contest to include the rhythm section, and let the young rhythm section winners make an appearance on the record?’”

This mix of seasoned players with newcomers results in a multi-layered, multi-textural and extremely engaging recording. “I’m at a point in my career where I’m marshalling all of my skills and experience over 40 years and really putting it all into an album like Rhythm Sessions,he says. “I’ve always loved working with great talent, and at the same time finding new young talent and opening doors for them. I want to take as many opportunities as I can to give something back as a way of expressing my thanks for all that’s been given to me.”



RHYTHM SESSIONS TRACK LISTING

1. The Village (5:06)
(Lee Ritenour)
Rit of Habeas (ASCAP)
Arranged by Lee Ritenour
Lee Ritenour ‒ guitar
George Duke ‒ Fender Rhodes, Moog synthesizer
Stanley Clarke ‒ acoustic bass
Dave Weckl ‒ drums
Munyungo Jackson ‒ percussion
Ariel Mann ‒ synths, programming

2. River Man (4:35)
(Nick Drake)
Warlock Music Ltd (PRS) / BMG Rights Management (Uk) Limited (PRS)
Arranged by Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin and Ariel Mann
Kurt Elling ‒ vocals
Lee Ritenour ‒ guitar
Dave Grusin ‒ Fender Rhodes
Nathan East ‒ Yamaha silent bass
Will Kennedy ‒ drums
Ariel Mann ‒ synths, programming

3. Fat Albert Rotunda (4:43)
(Herbie Hancock)
Hancock Music Company (BMI)
Arranged by Lee Ritenour
Lee Ritenour ‒ guitar
Patrice Rushen ‒ acoustic piano
Marcus Miller ‒ electric bass
Oscar Seaton ‒ drums
Melvin Lee Davis ‒ electric bass guitar
Deron Johnson ‒ Fender Rhodes
Rob Bacon ‒ rhythm guitar
Munyungo Jackson ‒ percussion
Ariel Mann ‒ synths, programming

4. 800 Streets By Feet (3:25)
(Esbörn Svensson-Dan Berglund-Magnus Öström)
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing (ASCAP)
Arranged by Ariel Mann and Lee Ritenour
Lee Ritenour ‒ guitar
Christian McBride ‒ acoustic bass
Wesley Ritenour ‒ drums
Ariel Mann ‒ guitar, synths, programming, keyboards

5. Children’s Song #1 (5:16)
(Chick Corea)
Universal Music Corp (ASCAP)
Arranged by Lee Ritenour
Lee Ritenour ‒ classical guitar
Chick Corea ‒ piano
Alan Pasqua ‒ additional piano
Chuck Berghofer ‒ acoustic bass
Peter Erskine ‒ drums
Ariel Mann ‒ synths, programming

6. LA By Bike (5:44)
(Lee Ritenour)
Rit of Habeas (ASCAP)
Arranged by Lee Ritenour
Lee Ritenour ‒ guitar
Larry Goldings ‒ Hammond B3 organ
Melvin Davis ‒ bass
Sonny Emory ‒ drums
Ariel Mann ‒ synths, programming

7. Maybe Tomorrow (3:41)
(George Purviance-Stephanie Eitel-Paul Fried-Benjamin Einziger)
WB Music Corp (ASCAP) / WB MusicCorp obo Thesmellofmacgyver Music (ASCAP) / Warner/Chappell North America Limited (PRS)
Arranged by Lee Ritenour and Ariel Mann
Zamajobe ‒ vocals
Lee Ritenour ‒ guitar
Tal Wilkenfeld ‒ bass guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta ‒ drums
Ariel Mann ‒ synths, programming, keyboards
R.J. Benjamin ‒ background vocals

8. Spam-Boo-Limbo (4:01)
(Esbörn Svensson-Dan Berglund-Magnus Öström)
Klawei Musikverlag Siegfried Loch (GEMA) / Act Publishing Ltd (MCPS)
Arranged by Ariel Mann and Lee Ritenour
Lee Ritenour ‒ guitar
John Beasley ‒ piano
Tal Wilkenfeld ‒ bass
Vinnie Colaiuta ‒ drums
Ariel Mann ‒ synths, programming

9. July (4:54)
(Lee Ritenour)
Rit of Habeas (ASCAP)
Arranged by Lee Ritenour
Lee Ritenour ‒ guitar
Larry Goldings ‒ Hammond B3 organ
Melvin Davis ‒ electric bass guitar
Sonny Emory ‒ drums
Ariel Mann ‒ synths, programming

10. Rose Pedals (3:53)
(Lee Ritenour)
Rit of Habeas (ASCAP)
Arranged by Lee Ritenour
Lee Ritenour ‒ guitar
Dave Grusin ‒ acoustic piano
Nathan East ‒ Yamaha silent bass
Will Kennedy ‒ drums
Ariel Mann ‒ synths, programming

11. Dolphins Don’t Dance (6:50)
(Lee Ritenour)
Rit of Habeas (ASCAP)
Arranged by Lee Ritenour
Lee Ritenour ‒ guitar
Alan Pasqua ‒ acoustic piano
Larry Goldings ‒ Hammond B3 organ, bass pedals
Peter Erskine ‒ drums
Ariel Mann ‒ synths, programming

12. Punta Del Soul (5:29)
(Dave Grusin)
Sony/ATV Melody oboRoaring Fork Publishing (BMI)
Arranged by Lee Ritenour
Lee Ritenour ‒ guitar
Dimitrious Nabors ‒ acoustic piano, additional arranging
Hans de Wild ‒ Hammond B3 organ
Michael Fienberg ‒ acoustic and electric bass
Selim Munir ‒ drums


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