Lee Ritenour – Rio {GRP}

Lee Ritenour – Rio {GRP}

Pop-Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Guitar

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AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell

Recorded by JVC for the Japanese market, first released in the U.S. by Elektra, and now on GRP, Ritenour’s first all-acoustic guitar album was recorded in three far-flung cities with three different bands (how’s that for musical chairs in packs of three?).

The New York tracks, which feature Dave Grusin (keyboards) and Marcus Miller on popping bass, have a nice genteel funky flavor not unlike Larry Carlton’s acoustic albums in the next decade.

The Rio tracks, with a Brazilian rhythm section and Don Grusin’s keyboards, differ only marginally in feeling, mostly in the use of percussion. Out in Santa Barbara, CA, “Ipanema Sol” sounds even more Brazilian than the Rio tracks, as colored by the flute of Ernie Watts and the percussion battery of Alex Acuna and Steve Forman, while Joe Sample’s “It Happens Everyday” closes the set on a lyrical note.

For all of its continent-trotting ways, the record is remarkably unified — thanks in no small part to Ritenour’s intelligent, beautifully felt playing — and makes comfortable listening.

01. Rainbow (5:57)
02. San Juan Sunset (5:37)
03. Rio Funk (5:11)
04. It Happens Everyday (5:43)
05. Ipanema Sol (5:29)
06. Simplicidad (4:58)
07. A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That (5:08)

Lee Ritenour – acoustic guitar
Oscar Castro Neves, Jeff Mironov – rhythm guitar
Don Grusin – keyboards
Dave Grusin – keyboards, strings arrangement
Jerry Hey – horn section arrangement
Ernie Watts – soprano saxophone and flute

Luiazo Maia, Marcus Miller, Abe Laboriel – bass
Paulinho Braga, Buddy Williams, Alex Acuna – drums
Chico Batera, Jose da Silva – percussion
Roberto Pinheiro, Armando Marcal – percussion
Rubens Bassini, Steve Forman – percussion

Produced by Toshio Endo
Co-produced and rhythm arranged by Lee Ritenour
Recording engineered by Don Murray and Larry Rosen
Recorded at Sigla Studio, Rio de Janeiro; Santa Barbara Sound, California; A&R Studio, New York City and Davlen Studio, California

Mastered at The Mastering Lab and A&M Studio, California
Digital recorders supplied and operated by Sound Stream Inc.
GRP Records Production Coordinator: Peter Lopez
Photography: Chu Kawahito
Art Design: Reilcichi Nakayama
GRP Creative Director: Andy Baltimore

1979, Victor Musical Industries
1985, GRP Records, Inc.

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