May 152011


written by Lee Ritenour & Bill Champlin

After the massive crossover success of his 1977 album “Captain Fingers,” guitar virtuoso Lee Ritenour came back one year later with another delicious record entitled “The Captain’s Journey.” Continue reading »

Feb 282010

from RIT

written by Lee Ritenour & Eric Tagg

“No Sympathy” is a breathtaking ballad that was included on Lee Ritenour’s 1981 “Rit” album. This beautiful song was one of the highlights of the record together with the refined mid-tempo hit single, “Is It You?.”
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Aug 162009


Written by Dennis Belfield & Jay Gruska

In the early eighties many young female singers released albums in the wake of the successful light pop trend starter by Olivia Newton John. In 1981, Erich Bulling and Humberto Gatica oversaw one of these projects for Claudia, a newcomer who was signed on the Scotti Bros. label. Continue reading »

Apr 132008

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. Continue reading »

Aug 132006

From RIT 2 (Jap. Vinyl Edition)
Written by Lee Ritenour & Eric Tagg

Legendary jazz/fusion guitarist Lee Ritenour released a few-oriented albums, “Rit” in 1981, “Rit 2” in 1982 plus “Banded Together” in 1984. All these records were absolute treats for quality pop lovers. One song, “Is It You” from “Rit,” reached the top 15 on Billboard’s Hot 100. “Rit 2” maintains the same ingredients as its predecessor, a well-dosed mix of elegant pop/soul moments with a strong jazzy flavor and a couple of classy instrumentals. Continue reading »

Apr 102005

Written by Eric Tagg

Eric Tagg is one of the most gifted and talented performers to ever walk into a recording studio. Given his skills as a songwriter, his excellent phrasing and smooth voice, he should be right up there with people like Daryl Hall, Michael McDonald or Luther Vandross. Continue reading »

Nov 092003

Written by Lee Ritenour, Martin Page & Maurice White

Lee Ritenour says it well on the liner notes of this 1986 release: “If I’m Dreamin’ (Don’t Wake Me) started out as instrumental, but when David Foster added his part to the chorus and contributed the bass and keyboard parts, suddenly i had a new baby!” That says a lot about Foster’s ability to arrange a song and put his personal touch on it. Continue reading »