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Lee Ritenour

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: January 11, 1952    

Lee Ritenour

b. Lee Mack Ritenour, 11 January 1952, Los Angeles, CA, USA. The prolific Ritenour has established himself as one of the world's leading jazz guitarists with a series of accessible albums over three decades. Starting at the age of 16, Ritenour played his first session with The Mama's and the Papa's. Two years later he was backing Tony Bennett and Lena Horne at L.A.'s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Know as “Captain Fingers,” Ritenour became a sought-after session player in the mid-70's. Starting in 1976, at the age of 24, he began his own solo career which now includes over 30 albums and collaborations. Although heavily influenced in his early days by the relaxed styles of Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Barney Kessel, he now has his own distinctive sound and fluid style. His list of session work is awesome (some 3,000 sessions), but some of his notable performances were with Herbie Hancock, Steely Dan, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and Pink Floyd. Since the mid-80's Ritenour has been strongly influenced by Brazilian music....
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  • Rhythm Sessions

    Blue Note
    2012
  • 6 String Theory

    Concord Music Group
    2010
  • Amparo

    Blue Note
    2008
  • Smoke 'n' Mirrors

    Peak Records
    2007
  • Smoke n' Mirrors

    Peak Records
    2006
  • Overtime

    Blue Note
    2005
  • World Of Brazil

    Blue Note
    2005
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