released June 29th, 2010

from the album - Lay It Down

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Lee Ritenour has long been the perfect studio musician, one who can melt into the background without making any impact. While he possesses impressive technique, Ritenour has mostly played instrumental pop throughout his career, sometimes with a Brazilian flavor. His few jazz efforts have found him essentially imitating Wes Montgomery, but despite that he has been consistently popular since the mid-'70s. After touring with Sergio Mendes' Brasil '77 in 1973, Ritenour became a very busy studio guitarist in Los Angeles, taking time off for occasional tours with his groups and in the mid-'90s with Bob James in Fourplay. He also recorded many albums as a leader including Portraits (1987), Wes Bound (1992), Larry & Lee with Larry Carlton (1994), This is Love (1997), Overtime (2005) and Smoke 'N' Mirrors (2006).

album review

Guitarist Lee Ritenour decided to celebrate the year of his 50th birthday by inviting a bevy of name guitarists into the studio to jam out some tunes, all in the name of love for their chosen instrument. Ritenour's subsequent album, 2010's 6 String Theory, is just that, a varied celebration on the many styles and players who have utilized the guitar. The result is an expansive, ambitious, but never belabored album that touches on jazz, blues, funk, and rock and expands beyond the usual Ritenour approach while remaining true to his own unique six-string sound. To these ends, Ritenour duets with such artists as contemporary bluesman Keb' Mo', fusion/post-bop legend Pat Martino, and blues icon B.B. King, as well as George Benson, Slash, Mike Stern, and others. To say this is an all-star affair is an understatement and fortunately, while the album never overplays to expectations, it nonetheless delivers on Ritenour's promise of a guitar celebration.

Track Listing

1 Lay It Down Ritenour 5:59
2 Am I Wrong Keb' Mo' 4:07
3 L.P. (For Les Paul) Ritenour 4:49
4 Give Me One Reason Chapman 5:16
5 "68" Lukather 5:00
6 In Your Dreams Lukather, Ritenour 6:00
7 My One and Only Love Mellin, Wood 1:45
8 Moon River Mancini, Mercer 4:59
9 Why I Sing the Blues Clark, King 6:34
10 Daddy Longlicks Robinson 1:54
11 Shape of My Heart Miller, Sting 4:48
12 Drifting McKee, McKee 3:43
13 Freeway Jam Middleton 4:59
14 Fives Govan 4:33
15 Caprices, Op. 20, No. 2 and 7 Legnani 3:30