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DVD Lee Ritenour Live in Montreal item E15, edition : 1991
A strong representation of the jazz fusion scene got together in July 1991 with this sampling of artists from the GRP label, including frequent jazz collaborator Ernie Watts and David Benoit, master of a "jazz-lite" style. But guitarist Lee Ritenour is key man here: he calls most of the shots and six of the eight peices are his, including a fine tribute to early inspiration Wes Montgomery on the "24th Street Blues." For the most part, easygoing and mello are the watchwords on this program - not suprising, since the players tend to be based on Los Angeles. Ritenour's "Etude" stands out for its creation of atmosphere, ans so do Dave Valentin's solo melodic meanderings on a selection of wooden flutes backed by his own vocal effects. All elements considered, the bill is a demonstration of top-drawer musicianship, awareness of contemporary styles and versatility.
$29.99 (CAD)

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