Guitarist Lee Ritenour’s genre-dipping versatility is displayed on Overtime, a two-disc compilation offering 19 songs from his 30-year career: from the fusion and pop-vocals to the acoustic, Brazilian and smooth jazz. Recorded live over two days before a cozy crowd at Enterprise Studios in L.A., the great treat here is the interaction between Ritenour and the 16 other invited musicians, many of whom played with the guitarist in his early days. Six cameras capture the action, and the audio is mixed in both 5.1 Dolby Digital and 48kHz Discreet Stereo for amazing, you-are-right-there sound. A few of the many highlights from this two-and-a-half-hour set include Ivan Lins’ vocals on “Dinorah Dinorah” and “Beyond the Storm,” trumpeter Chris Botti on “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and Ritenour–on everything. Interviews with Lee and others, including Patrice Rushen, Dave Hooper and Melvin Davis, help set up several songs.
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