Apr 092017
 

from MR. BRIEFCASE/GOOD QUESTION (single)

written by Lee Ritenour

The ear-candy, pop/rock rhythms of Lee Ritenour’s “Mr. Briefcase” was the subject of one of the earlier reviews back in 2003. This week, “Good Question” was mined as another song from the legendary guitarist’s 1981 Rit album.

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Oct 302016
 

from THE SYMPHONY SESSIONS
Written by David Foster & Lee Ritenour

This Song of the Week review is “Time Passing,” another of the gorgeous instrumentals from David Foster’s seminal cd, The Symphony Sessions. Released in 1988, this project features the great work of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. It is also the perfect opportunity for the gifted music-maker to showcase his classical background.
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Jun 262016
 

from FEEL THE NIGHT
Written by Lee Ritenour & Don Grusin

At the end of the seventies, David Foster was building a solid reputation as a gifted songwriter and producer in the pop/rock and R&B fields. Foster was also still part of the A-list in the Los Angeles session world playing keyboards on several high profile releases. He was rightly considered one of the best pop piano players around and his virtuoso skills were enlisted on a wide palette of styles including jazz/fusion projects. Lee Ritenour was another world-class session ace of that decade and Rit’s guitar along with Foster’s keyboards appeared together on several hit records. Continue reading »

May 152011
 

from THE CAPTAIN’S JOURNEY

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
 

From CLAUDIA

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
 

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. Continue reading »