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Artist’s Choice: Lee Ritenour on His 1970s Influences

The guitarist raves about McLaughlin, Benson, Miles and more

Mahavishnu Orchestra 1972
Mahavishnu Orchestra's first publicity photo, 1972: Jerry Goodman, Billy Cobham, John McLaughlin, Rick Laird and Jan Hammer (from left). Courtesy of Jawbone Press
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Lee Ritenour (photo by Rob Shanahan)
Lee Ritenour (photo by Rob Shanahan)

For my new album, A Twist of Rit, I wrote four new tunes. But I also went back and twisted and flipped some tunes of mine that are 40 years old, and recorded them live in the studio with a 12-piece band. They weren’t necessarily my hits, but songs that I felt were still relevant. The reason I thought about doing this type of project is because some of the funkier music out there today-Snarky Puppy, Robert Glasper Experiment-sounds to me like a lot of the stuff we were doing in the ’70s. These tracks I’ve chosen were all important to me during that time.

Miles Davis

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