Lee Ritenour

Lee Ritenour

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Say the name Lee Ritenour and a whole litany of sounds and images come to mind. The master guitarist, composer, arranger and producer has worked with nearly every recording artist in the contemporary Jazz, Pop and R&B catalog. His incredible career, which spans more than 30 years and an equal number of timeless recordings, began at age 16, as he backed Lena Horne and Tony Bennett on tour and recorded with ’60s pop stars The Mamas & The Papas. By his 20s, Ritenour had performed on more than 3,000 sessions and been dubbed “Captain Fingers” for his dexterity on the strings. At 23, he launched a solo career, which has since netted him 17 Grammy nominations, several gold albums, numerous Number 1 spots in guitar polls, and a 1985 Grammy with Dave Grusin on the Harlequin album. In the 90s, he joined with Bob James, Nathan East, and Harvey Mason to form the pioneering supergroup, Fourplay. Their 1991 debut spent an unprecedented 33 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart. The innovative guitarist just released an exciting live CD recording, OverTime, and is enjoying the prospect of new musical horizons. His official website is at www.leeritenour.com.