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Lee Ritenour: OverTime

Veteran guitarist Lee Ritenour surveys his wide-ranging career on the live album OverTime, his debut release on Peak, which is co-headed by his former GRP labelmate, guitarist and Rippingtons leader Russ Freeman. Ritenour’s career has encompassed contemporary and traditional jazz, Brazilian influences and pop elements, and all are well represented on this album. Ritenour and saxophonist Eric Marienthal swing through Wes Montgomery’s “Boss City,” from Ritenour’s 1993 album Wes Bound, and acoustic bassist Dave Carpenter adeptly paces the leader on the same album’s “Ocean Ave.” Ritenour’s romantic take on Miles Davis’ “Blue in Green” features assured playing from the guitarist, keyboardist Dave Grusin, and saxophonist Ernie Watts.

A cover of the Temptations’ classic “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” features singers Kenya Hathaway and Grady Harrell trading lead vocals, as well as an uncharacteristically wailing Chris Botti on trumpet. Brazilian singer-songwriter Ivan Lins sings lead on his song “She Walks the Earth,” and Ritenour reaches back to the ’70s for the title track from his 1977 album Captain Fingers, turning in some lightning-fast fingerwork. For those who’d like to see the performances, OverTime is also available as a DVD.

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