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Lee Ritenour (Jazz) - Rhythm Sessions [Digipak]

by Concord Records (Jazz & Fusion Music)

Audio Mixer: Don Murray. Liner Note Author: Lee Ritenour. Recording information: Chronocromie Studio, West Los Angeles, CA (01/2012-06/2012); Jim Henson Studios, Hollywood, CA (01/2012-06/2012); Pyramid Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa (01/2012-06/2012); Sear Sound Studios, New York, NY (01/2012-06/2012); Starlight Studio, Los Angeles, CA (01/2012-06/2012); Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA (01/2012-06/2012); The Village Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/2012-06/2012).Editors: Ariel Mann; Don Murray; Melvin Lee Davis; Lee Ritenour; Arthur Schaer. Photographer: Rob Shanahan. Arranger: Lee Ritenour. 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 "Ch
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