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Michel Colombier - Michel Colombier (1979) Reissue 1999

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Michel Colombier - Michel Colombier (1979) Reissue 1999

Michel Colombier - Michel Colombier (1979) Reissue 1999
featuring Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Airto Moreira
Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, Ray Parker Jr, Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine…

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 257 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 105 Mb | Scans included
Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock | Label: Anthology's | # ANT990808 | Time: 00:43:45

For several years, decades in fact, a lost gem issued originally not just in the US but in the UK as well (and our vinyl pressings were always much better than their US counterparts), on Chrysalis records who, for a while, had some very good material in this genre, for example the two Auracle albums (and wouldn't lots of us like to get those on CD). But finally it's now reappeared on CD and how very nice it is to be reacquainted with it in that format. Anyway, this album ~ his second, as far as I know ~ features a host of jazz luminaries of the day (Hancock, Erskine, Pastorius, Carlton, Ritenour, Gadd, etc.) and its only failing is its mildly raw upper registers, though thankfully there are no vocals to pollute the proceedings and Jaco Pastorius' electric bass work is of truly sterling calibre. On this album, if anywhere, you can hear why he was held in such very high esteem by his contemporaries.

Lee Ritenour - Smoke 'n' Mirrors (2006)

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Lee Ritenour - Smoke 'n' Mirrors (2006)

Lee Ritenour - Smoke 'n' Mirrors (2006)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 439 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 167 MB | Covers - 43 MB
Genre: Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Fusion | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Peac Records/Astra Records (0888072300187)

Featuring a bevy of world music guests, guitarist Lee Ritenour's Smoke 'N' Mirrors is a stylish, joyous, and laid-back multicultural affair. Among the guests are Brazilian vocalist and keyboardist Daniel Jobim, South African vocalist Zamajobe and guitarist Erik Pilani Paliani, West African bassist Richard Bona, as well as such well-known contemporary jazz icons as pianist Dave Grusin, bassist John Patitucci, percussionist Sheila E., and others. Judiciously, Ritenour has made room for a wide musical palette including funky jams, melodic soul vocal tracks, inspired rhythmic passages, and of course straight-ahead jazz improvisation. While this is an impeccably crafted effort in the tradition of past Ritenour albums, it never comes off as anything less than organically heartfelt.

Lee Ritenour - The Captain's Journey (1978) [Reissue 1994]

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Lee Ritenour - The Captain's Journey (1978) [Reissue 1994]

Lee Ritenour - The Captain's Journey (1978) [Reissue 1994]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 236 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 91 MB | Covers - 85 MB
Genre: Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Fusion | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Elektra/Discovery Records (71015)

Guitarist Lee Ritenour had just switched from Epic to Elektra when he cut Captain's Journey in 1978. It was a followup to the successful crossover work Captain Fingers and used a similar strategy: tight, hook-laden arrangements, polished production, and minimal solo space. What individual things it has are dominated by Ritenour, a supremely talented guitarist who doesn't display that much of it with these arrangements.

Lee Ritenour - Masterpieces: Best Of The GRP Years [Recorded 1979-2002] (2012)

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Lee Ritenour - Masterpieces: Best Of The GRP Years [Recorded 1979-2002] (2012)

Lee Ritenour - Masterpieces: Best Of The GRP Years [Recorded 1979-2002] (2012)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 411 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 174 MB | Covers (19 MB) included
Genre: Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Fusion | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (4605026709799)

The Jazz Club series is an attractive addition to the Verve catalogue. With it's modern design and popular choice of repertoire, the Jazz Club is not only opened for Jazz fans, but for everyone that loves good music.
Known to fans as "Captain Fingers" for his uncommon dexterity on the guitar, Lee Ritenour is a noted jazz artist and session musician who has been one of the leaders in his field since the early '70s.

Lee Ritenour - Collection (1991)

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Lee Ritenour - Collection (1991)

Lee Ritenour - Collection (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 406 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Crossover Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Guitar Jazz | Label: GRP | # GRD-9645 | 01:06:55

GRP's generally well-chosen 1991 Collection covers an entire decade of Lee Ritenour releases from Elektra and GRP. As such, those years seem to form a late-'70s plateau descending into a commercial valley by the early part of the '80s and then gradually ascending a slope as Rit's playing grows and deepens in the decade's final years. Some of the high points are the Latin-inflected numbers from Festival ("Latin Lover") and Portrait ("Asa") and two excellent straight-ahead excerpts from Stolen Moments ("24th Street Blues," "Waltz for Carmen"), the latter two with lots of Wes Montgomery-like octave work. And even "Is It You?," Ritenour's pop hit from 1981, comes off as a good, catchy piece of record-making. Recommended for those who only want a sample of Lee Ritenour's voluminous solo output.

Lee Ritenour - Very Best Of Lee Ritenour (2003)

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Lee Ritenour - Very Best Of Lee Ritenour (2003)

Lee Ritenour - Very Best Of Lee Ritenour (2003)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 409 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 150 MB | 01:04:43
Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Guitar | Label: Decca (UMO)

Smooth jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour gets the "best-of" treatment on this GRP compilation. While longtime fans will most likely already have these tracks, curious listeners may find it a nice place to start. Featuring a cross section of tracks Ritenour recorded during the '90s and early '00s, including "A Little Bumpin'," "Harlequin," and "Wes Bound," the only disappointment is that no new or unreleased cuts were included. However, Ritenour is a consummate jazz-pop melodicist and is still well represented, despite the inadequacies of this collection.