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Lee Ritenour: Fresh Over Time

Lee Ritenour, gazing back on more than 30 albums and 30 years of music, could have compiled a greatest-hits compilation to honor the anniversary. Instead, the contemporary-jazz guitarist invited numerous musicians to Enterprise Studios in Burbank, Calif., and over the course of two days in March 2004 they helped him create new versions of some of his best music from the past four decades. The result is a 13-song CD called OverTime (I.E./Peak). Since the sessions were filmed before an intimate crowd of about 75 people, there’s also an OverTime DVD (Eagle Rock), filled with three-plus hours of material, including 19 songs and interviews with Ritenour and friends.

Both the CD and DVD look at Ritenour’s music in four phases: his early days as a first-call session player and solo artist, his acoustic jazz, his Brazilian music and the contemporary jazz that many fans today know him by.

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