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Affectionately called “Captain Fingers” by peers and fans alike, LEE RITENOUR has, over the course of 22 years and 25 solo and duet recordings, established a reputation for melodic accessibility, innovative performance, and a constant desire to explore new stylistic arenas. “A Twist of Marley” is another of his innovative ventures. Celebrating the music of Bob Marley, the project features renowned jazz artists Jonathan Butler, Patti Austin, and Gerald Albright.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the ’60s, Ritenour received a rich cross-section of exposure to the greats of the time – Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and Howard Roberts on the jazz side, and the Byrds, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton on the rock side. At age 16, with John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas, Ritenour established himself as one of L.A.’s premier session guitarists; his nearly 2,000 recordings include artists ranging from Barbra Streisand, Paul Simon, and Quincy Jones to Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, and Pink Floyd. Ritenour was also a co-founder of Fourplay, the most successful band in the history of contemporary jazz. Since 1976 Ritenour has earned several gold albums, a Grammy for work with Dave Grusin on Harlequin, a dozen Grammy nominations, and the prestigious “Alumnus of the Year” award from USC.