Lee Ritenour with Dave Grusin

Lee Ritenour with Dave Grusin

While Lee Ritenour is a supremely fluent straight-ahead jazz improviser, don’t make him choose his favorite guitar style. Dubbed “Captain Fingers” by his legions of fans and admiring colleagues, Ritenour has mastered an array of idioms, from blues and bebop to Brazilian, contemporary jazz, rock, flamenco and country music. Designed to showcase his stylistic breadth, his latest Concord album, 6 String Theory, marks his 50th year as a guitarist. The project features an unimpeachable roster of guitar royalty, including B.B. King, John Scofield, Pat Martino, George Benson, Robert Cray and Taj Mahal. A contemporary jazz pioneer, Ritenour co-founded the hugely popular band Fourplay and has collaborated with a superlative roster of players, including Ernie Watts, Alan Broadbent, John Patitucci, Larry Carlton, Bob James, Patrice Rushen, Dave Grusin, Harvey Mason and dozens more.

Artist Personnel

Lee Ritenour guitar
Dave Grusin piano
Melvin Davis bass
Sonny Emory drums

Artist Website

"They don’t call him ‘Captain Fingers’ for nothing. " — DownBeat
"The unique Ritenour perspective [is] a musical outlook that at its best colorfully blurs the lines between imaginative, straight-ahead jazz and foot-tapping instrumental pop. " — Los Angeles Times