Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Lee Ritenour - RIT/2
WEA / Elektra Records 96. 0186-1 (West Germany) released in 1982.
The California guitarist's second solo album, featuring future collaborators in the fusion group Fourplay, Nathan East, bass, and Harvey Mason, drums and percussion, who is also listed with Ritenour as co-producer/arranger. The lead vocals on six tracks, as well as co-composer with Ritenour, is singer / keyboardist Eric Tagg, who has a distinctive vocal sound. Other musicians featured include bassists Abraham Laboriel and Neil Stubenhaus, drummers John Robinson, Carlos Vega, Jeff Porcaro and Weather Report percussionist Alex Acuna, along with Paulhino da Costa. Don Grusin and Mike Boddiker play various synthesizers, and there's even a track featuring Tom Scott on tenor saxophone. Brass and string arrangements on four of the tracks are by ex- Seawind and Al Jarreau trumpeter Jerry Hey, with three trumpets, two trombones and two flutes. The tunes are all originals, mostly by Ritenour and Tagg, A worthy time capsule of that California '80's fusion sound.
Posted by shepherdlass at 14:58