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Eric Marienthal

A couple of years ago, when Tommy LiPuma assumed direction of the GRP label, he released a number of their familiar stable of players, including Eric Marienthal. “I was dropped like a hot potato. But I was in good company; John Patitucci, Dave Weckl, a lot of guys were right there with me,” says Marienthal.

He’s still in good company. Only this time it’s with the newly launched label, i. e. music, a joint venture with Verve Records headed up by Lee Ritenour, Mark Wexler, plus Michael and Lori Fagien. Ritenour, in particular, made an impact on Marienthal’s approach to his new release Easy Street. “Lee made me aware of how important it is to have a recording that’s fresh and isn’t trying to chase any other record…I know it’s a common feeling when you listen to a lot of NAC type radio stations and things seem homogenized. And for myself, it’s nice to hear something different. So that’s what we were going for,” he says.

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