Personnel: Lee Ritenour (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, synthesizer, guitar synthesizer); Djavan, Joao Bosco (vocals, guitar); David Foster (vocals, keyboards); Eric Tagg, Bill Champlin (vocals); Jeff Mironov, Mitch Holder (guitar); Marc Russo (alto saxophone); Larry Williams (tenor saxophone, horns, keyboards, synthesizer, drums); Ernie Watts (tenor saxophone, synthesizer); Jerry Hey (trumpet, horns); Gary Grant (horns); Alan Broadbent, Barnaby Finch (piano); Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Richard Tee, Russell Ferrante (keyboards); Dave Boroff (synthesizer); Anthony Jackson (6-string bass); Harvey Mason, Sr. , Alex Acu¤a (drums, percussion); Omar Hakim, William Kennedy , Buddy Williams , Carlos Vega, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Carlinhos Brown (pandeiro); Paulinho Da Costa, Rubens Bassini (percussion); Gracinha Leporace (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Dr. Chuck Berg.
Recording information: 1979-1989.
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. ~ Richard S. Ginell