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Lee Mack Ritenour

Background information
Also known as Captain Fingers
Born January 11, 1952 (1952-01-11) (age 56)
Flag of the United States
in Los Angeles, California
Genre(s) Jazz
Instrument(s) Guitar
Years active 1972 - present
Website Official Website
Notable instrument(s)
Synthaxe

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Lee Mack "Captain Fingers" Ritenour (born January 11, 1952) is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, recording artist, composer and producer. He began his career at 16 as a session player. He has appeared on over 3000 sessions & recorded 40 solo and collaboration albums. He had a world wide hit with "Is It You" in 1981. is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


Ritenour holds the distinction of having two of the promotional videos for his songs ("Is It You," and "Mr. Briefcase") being played during MTV's first hour. His music is influenced by Wes Montgomery. He has paid frequent tributes to his hero, including naming his son Wesley when he was born in 1993. This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... This is a list of all the videos played on MTVs first day: 1) Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles 2) You Better Run - Pat Benatar 3) She Wont Dance - Rod Stewart 4) You Better You Bet - The Who 5) Little Susies on the Up - PhD...

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Biography

Ritenour was born January 11, 1952 in Los Angeles, California. He played his first session when he was 16 with the Mamas and the Papas. Nicknamed "Captain Fingers", he was a sought-after session guitarist by the mid-1970s and won Guitar Player Magazines Best Studio Guitarist twice in the 70's. He is noted for playing his red Gibson ES-335 and his Gibson L5 guitars. One of his most notable influences is the pioneering jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. In 1976, he released his first solo album, First Course. This was followed up by his fusion work Captain Fingers in 1976. Since First Course he has released over 30 albums — the 30th being Rit's House in 2002. One of his most notable works is his pop album (featuring vocalist Eric Tagg) 1981 Rit, which contained chart hits "Is It You," and "Mr. Briefcase." In the '90s, he was one of the founding members of group Fourplay. He was nominated for 17 Grammy Awards, won one, plus landing at the top of many guitar polls throughout the world. is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The Mamas & the Papas were a leading vocal group of the 1960s, and one of the few American groups to maintain widespread success during the British Invasion, along with The Beach Boys. ... The Gibson ES-335 was the worlds first commercial semi-hollowbody electric guitar, released by Gibson Guitar Corporation in 1958. ... Image:Gibson L-5. ... John Leslie Wes Montgomery (6 March 1923 - 15 June 1968) was an American jazz guitarist and the grandfather of actor Anthony Montgomery. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... For the Australian Electric String Quartet, see FourPlay Electric String Quartet. ...


Throughout his career, Ritenour has experimented with different styles of music. He has often incorporated elements of funk, pop, rock, blues and Brazilian music with jazz (to the dislike of some critics).[citation needed] In the early 1980s, Ritenour was given his own Ibanez signature model guitar, the LR-10. The LR-10 was produced from 1981 to 1987. It can be heard exclusively on his album Rit. Currently, Ritenour plays the Gibsons that he first played in the 1970s (the ES-335 and L5), and now also plays his signature Lee Ritenour Model archtop guitar made by Gibson. This article is about the guitar manufacturer. ... The Gibson Guitar Corporation, of Nashville, Tennessee, USA, is a manufacturer of acoustic and electric guitars. ... Gibson ES-335 In 1957, Gibson realeased the worlds first commercial semi-hollowbody electric guitar, the ES-335. ... Image:Gibson L-5. ... The Gibson Guitar Corporation, of Nashville, Tennessee, USA, is a manufacturer of acoustic and electric guitars. ...


In May 2005, Ritenour and Japanese singer Anri announced their engagement.[1] But three years later, on May 1, 2008 she announced on her blog that the engagement was off.[2] Shining Force: The Legacy of Great Intention, more commonly referred to as Shining Force, is a 1992 turn-based strategy role playing video game for the Sega Genesis console. ...

Style

Ritenour has always experimented with different genres, and has always had a very strong commercial sense. His solo career began in 1975 with the recording of his album First Course. Released in 1976, the album gave a strong representation of the mid-1970s L.A. Jazz/Funk sound. Critics did, however, complain that his first album was "lightweight." So Lee countered this with his strongly fusion-based follow up, Captain Fingers. This was followed by two more fusion efforts—The Captain's Journey (1978) and Feel The Night (1979). On these albums, Ritenour primarily used something of a rich, yet rock-oriented distorted guitar sound, coming from his Gibson ES-335 guitar. In other instances on these albums, clean sounds were heard coming from his Gibson L5 and classical acoustic guitars (he played his classical acoustic guitars almost exclusively on his album Rio in 1979). In the 1970s, Ritenour would often use effects like wah-wah, phasers, chorus, and flangers on his electric instruments. Also, during the late 1970s, Ritenour can be heard using the 360 Systems guitar synthesizer (he is pictured sitting in front of it on the back cover of his Captain Fingers album). He can be heard using the synthesizer on the track Captain Fingers (from the album with the same title), and can also be heard playing solo with the synthesizer on the song "What Do You Want?" from "The Captain's Journey." Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Gibson ES-335 was the worlds first commercial semi-hollowbody electric guitar, released by Gibson Guitar Corporation in 1958. ... Image:Gibson L-5. ...


In 1979, Ritenour played on Pink Floyd's The Wall, contributing rhythm guitar to "One of My Turns" and acoustic guitar to "Comfortably Numb". Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... For other Pink Floyd works based around this album, see The Wall (Pink Floyd). ... One of My Turns is a song by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd. ... The Wall Disc Two track listing Comfortably Numb is a song by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd, which was released on the 1979 double album The Wall. ...


As the 1980s began, Ritenour began to add stronger elements of pop to his music, beginning with Rit in 1981. For this, he kept with his distorted sound, now using his Ibanez LR-10 signature model guitar. He continued with the pop-oriented music for two albums after Rit (Rit/2 in 1982 and Banded Together in 1984), while releasing a slick, yet more fusion-styled, Direct-Disk instrumental album in 1983 called On The Line. He also provided rhythm guitar on Tom Browne's hit, Funkin' for Jamaica. This article is about the guitar manufacturer. ... Some modern video cameras allow the user to record direct to a hard disk instead of to a tape. ... Tom Browne is a trumpeter, best known for his 1980 single, Funkin For Jamaica. ...


In 1985, he recorded his first album for GRP with Dave Grusin, entitled Harlequin. It featured Lee primarily on his classical acoustic guitar and also featured Brazilian singer/songwriter Ivan Lins. Up to this point, this album along with Rio arguably gave the strongest representation of Lee's Brazilian influences. GRP Records is an American jazz record company that was founded in New York by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen in 1982. ... David Grusin (born June 26, 1934 in Littleton, Colorado) is an American composer, arranger and pianist. ... Ivan Guimarães Lins (b. ...


The following year, 1986, Ritenour released the album Earth Run, which featured him using the then-newly designed SynthAxe guitar. He used nine different guitars on the album, most notably the SynthAxe, his Valley Arts guitar, and his Gibson Chet Atkins acoustic. The album also featured long-time collaborator Phil Perry for the first time, on the track "If I'm Dreaming, Don't Wake Me" — a song also featuring David Foster and Maurice White. A promotional photo of the SynthAxe. ... A promotional photo of the SynthAxe. ... The Gibson Guitar Corporation, of Nashville, Tennessee, USA, is a manufacturer of acoustic and electric guitars. ... This article is about the musician. ... Phil Perry (born in East St. ... For other persons named David Foster, see David Foster (disambiguation). ... Maurice White in Munich, Germany in 1975 Maurice White (born December 19, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American soul, funk, and R&B singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and bandleader. ...


Ritenour continued in a direction strongly featuring other artists in 1987, with Portrait. The album itself has something of a strong smooth-jazz sound, and Ritenour can be heard here playing with The Yellowjackets, Djavan, and much to the shock of some, Kenny G.[citation needed] The Yellowjackets are an American jazz fusion quartet. ... Djavan, a Brazilian MPB singer/songwriter, was born 27 January 1949, in Alagoas, Brazil. ... For the WFMU DJ, see Kenneth Goldsmith. ...


In 1988, his smooth jazz-influenced Brazilian music came to the forefront with Festival — another album strongly featuring his work on nylon-string acoustic guitars. The following album, Color Rit, continued with a similar mood. He did however, change direction completely again with his straight-ahead jazz album Stolen Moments. Sounding similar to Wes Montgomery, Ritenour played alongside long-time collaborator, saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianist Alan Broadbent, bassist John Patitucci (playing only acoustic) and drummer Harvey Mason. Continuing in a Wes Montgomery mood, Ritenour paid tribute to the man himself in 1992, with his album Wes Bound. The album featured a number of covers of Montgomery compositions, as well as some seemingly tributary pieces from Ritenour himself. John Leslie Wes Montgomery (6 March 1923 - 15 June 1968) was an American jazz guitarist and the grandfather of actor Anthony Montgomery. ... Ernie Watts is a jazz tenor saxophonist. ... Alan Broadbent is a jazz pianist born April 23, 1947 in Auckland, New Zealand. ... John Patitucci (born 1959) is an American jazz double bass player, specializing in hard bop, contemporary and Brazilian jazz. ... Harvey Mason is one of the most well-known session drummers. ... John Leslie Wes Montgomery (6 March 1923 - 15 June 1968) was an American jazz guitarist and the grandfather of actor Anthony Montgomery. ...


Also seen in this decade was a 1994 collaboration album with guitarist Larry Carlton called Larry & Lee. For the past three decades, Larry Carlton has been one of the nations most sought-after jazz guitarists, dividing his recording time between solo recordings and session appearances with more popular bands. ...


Lee Ritenour formed Fourplay together with keyboard player, Bob James. Whilst playing primarily with smooth jazz group Fourplay for much of the 1990s, Lee left the group in 1998 and continued with his solo works. He was replaced in the group by Larry Carlton. Smooth Jazz, also sometimes referred to as new adult contemporary music,[1] is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and, at times, improvisation) traditionally associated with jazz and stylistic influences drawn from mostly R&B, but also funk and pop. ... For the Australian Electric String Quartet, see FourPlay Electric String Quartet. ... For the past three decades, Larry Carlton has been one of the nations most sought-after jazz guitarists, dividing his recording time between solo recordings and session appearances with more popular bands. ...


2002 saw the release of his album, Rit's House.


In February 2004, Ritenour completed a project looking back on his career involving musicians he has worked with throughout his career called Overtime. Overtime was recorded live in a studio in front of a small audience. It was released in early 2005, and is currently available as a singular audio CD, double-DVD set or singular HD DVD. Some of the musicians featured include Dave Grusin, Patrice Rushen, Harvey Mason, Alex Acuna, Chris Botti, Anthony Jackson, Melvin Lee Davis, and Ernie Watts, amongst many others. David Grusin (born June 26, 1934 in Littleton, Colorado) is an American composer, arranger and pianist. ... Album cover of Straight from the Heart Patrice Louise Rushen (born September 30, 1954 in Los Angeles, California) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, composer, and pianist. ... Harvey Mason is one of the most well-known session drummers. ... Alejandro Acuña aka Alex Acuña (born December 12, 1944) is a Peruvian drummer and percussionist. ... Christopher Botti or Chris Botti (born October 12, 1962) is a trumpeter and composer; born in Portland, Oregon. ... This article is about the musician. ... Ernie Watts is a jazz tenor saxophonist. ...


His latest album, entitled Smoke n' Mirrors was released in late August 2006. His son Wesley is a drummer, and makes his debut appearance on the album at the age of 13.


Discography

Albums

Title Release Remarks
First Course 1976 Epic
Gentle Thoughts 1977 JVC
Captain Fingers 1977 Epic
Sugar Loaf Express (with Eric Gale) 1977 JVC
Friendship (Different from 1979 release) 1978 JVC
The Captain's Journey 1978 Elektra
Friendship (Currently reissued with The Captain’s Journey on Wounded Bird Records) 1977 JVC
Rio 1979 GRP
Feel the Night 1979 Elektra/Discovery
Rit 1981 Elektra/Discovery
Rit, Vol. 2 1982 Musicraft
On the Line (This version differs in some takes to the 1985 GRP Release, and is available reissued with Rio on Wounded Bird Records) 1983 Elektra/Musician
Banded Together 1984 Elektra/Discovery
Harlequin (w/Dave Grusin) 1985 GRP
On the Line 1985 GRP
Earth Run 1986 GRP
Portrait 1987 GRP
Festival 1988 GRP
Color Rit 1989 GRP
Stolen Moments 1990 GRP
Joyride 1991 En Pointe
Wes Bound 1992 GRP
Lee Ritenour and His Gentle Thoughts (Reissue from 1977 release) 1992 JVC
Larry & Lee (with Larry Carlton) 1994 GRP
Alive in L.A. 1997 GRP
This Is Love i.e. 1998 Music/Polygram
Rit's House 2002 Verve
Friendship/The Captain's Journey 2005 Wounded Bird
Rio/On the Line 2005 Wounded Bird
Overtime 2005 Peak
World of Brazil 2005 GRP
Smoke n’ Mirrors 2006 Peak

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