Apr 132008
 

From FEEL THE NIGHT
Written by Leo Sayer & Vini Poncia

Released in 1979, “Feel the Night” belongs to a string of albums that definitely established Lee Ritenour as one of the world’s best and most sought after guitar players. All but one track are original jazz/fusion instrumentals written by Ritenour and Don Grusin and perfectly played by the guitar superstar with strong support from the usual suspects. Among the cast of session aces are keyboardists like David Foster, Joe Sample and Dave Grusin with Steve Gadd and Abe Laboriel driving the pulsing rhythm section. The tracks are representative of the best fusion music of the seventies with appealing melodies, complex arrangements and immense musicianship. Foster appears on four songs including a classy cover of Leo Sayer’s “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing,” the only vocal moment. Arranged by Foster with Gadd, Laboriel and Ritenour, “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” sports a joyous upbeat arrangement that underscores a wonderful vocal performance by the legendary Patti Austin and the amazing guitar work by Mr. Ritenour.

“Feel the Night” starts with the energetic title track that immediately puts the spotlight on Rit’s amazing guitar plus Ernie Watts’ saxophone solos and Foster’s
work on the fender rhodes and clavinet. “Market Place” is another powerful Ritenour original and one of the highlights of the album. It showcases another of Rit’s incredible guitar solos with Foster and Don Grusin sharing keyboard duties along with Steve Lukather’s rhythm guitar. It needs to be pointed out that most of the songs are embellished by smoking horns arranged by Jerry Hey and Larry Williams of Seawind fame. “Feel The Night” is a musical tour de force and marks another excellent chapter in Ritenour’s outstanding career.


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Electric Guitars: Lee Ritenour
Fender Rhodes: Don Grusin
Acoustic Piano: David Foster
Drums: Steve Gadd
Bass: Abraham Laboriel
Rhythm Guitar: Steve Lukather
Lead Vocal: Patti Austin
Vocals: Tom Bahler
Horns: Jerry Hey, Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Bill Reichenbach, Lou McCreary, Larry Williams
Arranged by David Foster, Steve Gadd, Abraham Laboriel & Lee Ritenour
Horns Arranged by Jerry Hey & Larry Williams
Produced by Lee Ritenour
Associate Producer: Don Grusin


Lyrics

You’ve got a cute way of talking
You got the better of me
Just snap your fingers and Im walking
Like a dog hanging on your lead
I’m in a spin you know
Shaking on a string you know

You make me feel like dancing
I’m gonna dance the night away
You make me feel like dancing
I’m gonna dance the night away
You make feel like dancing
I feel like dancing dancing dance the night away
I feel like dancing dancing ahhh

Quarter to four in the morning
I ain’t feeling tired no no no no no
Just hold me tight and leave on the light
Cause I don’t want to go home

You put a spell on me
I’m right where you want me to be

You make me feel like dancing
I want to dance the night away
You make me feel like dancing
I’m gonna dance the night away
You make feel like dancing
I feel like dancing dancing dance the night away
I feel like dancing dancing

You take me higher
I’m gonna catch on fire cause

You make me feel like dancing I wanna dance the night away
You make me feel like dancing Im gonna dance my life away
I feel like dancing dancing dance the night away
I feel like dancing dancing dance the night away
I feel like dancing dancing dance the night away
I feel like dancing dancing ahhh

You really slipped me a potion
I cant get off of the floor
All this perpetual motion
You gotta give me some more
You gotta give me some more

And if you’ll let me stay well dance our lives away
You make me feel like dancing I wanna dance my life away
You make me feel like dancing I wanna dance my life away
You make me feel like dancing I wanna dance my life away
I feel
You make me feel like dancing