Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin at Festival Montreux (2011). The great duet of masters Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin, excellent performance and favorite hits. The rhythm section in the face of Sonny Emory (drums) and Melvin Davis (bass), deserves all praise.
Nicknamed “Captain Fingers,” Lee Ritenour is renowned as a legendary jazz guitarist. In this 1991 concert film, the musician is joined at the Spectrum de Montreal by such jazz luminaries as David Benoit, Ernie Watts, Dave Valentin, and Don Grusin for a live set of eight tunes. Lee Ritenour: Live in Montreal With Special Guests includes performances of “Night Rhythms,” “24th Street Blues,” “Solo Flute,” “Zephyr,” “Rio Sol,” “Etude,” “Uptown,” and “Rio Funk.”
Lee Ritenour is one of the best contemporary jazz guitarist of the past 30 years. He has done everything from jazz rock to traditional jazz. This concert “Lee Ritenour Live – RITSpecial” was recorded live in 1984. Why I mentioned, in the title of this review, that this is a different side of Lee is because he released an album called “Banded Together” which was a more rock album than jazz. He does some standard Ritenour jazz tunes, but he also rips and soars to some of his rock songs.