Lee Ritenour – Overtime (2005)

Title: Overtime
Year Of Release: 2005
Label: Peak Records
Genre: Contemporary Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks) / MP3
Total Time: 01:13:36
Total Size: 437 MB / 169 MB

01. Boss City (5:51)
02. Blue In Green (9:16)
03. Ocean Ave. (4:29)
04. She Walks This Earth (5:03)
05. Sugarloaf Express (5:14)
06. Possibilities (4:40)
07. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone (6:54)
08. Morning Glory (5:41)
09. Captain Fingers (7:25)
10. P.A.L.S. (3:50)
11. Night Rhythms (5:58)
12. Lil’ Bumpin’ (5:01)
13. Is It You? (4:34)
Lee Ritenour (guitar);
Ivan Lins (vocals, Fender Rhodes piano);
Eric Marienthal (flute, saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone);
Patrice Rushen (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer);
Dave Carpenter (acoustic bass, double bass);
Melvin Davis, Anthony Jackson (bass guitar);
Steve Forman (percussion);
Tim Carmen (programming);
Grady Harrell, Kenya Hathaway (vocals);
Ernie Watts (tenor saxophone);
Chris Botti (trumpet);
Dave Grusin (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards);
Barnaby Finch (keyboards);
Harvey Mason, Sr. , Oscar Seaton (drums);
Alex Acu?a (percussion);
Jochem van der Saag (programming).
Overtime is really two CDs in one. On the instrumentals, particularly “Bass City” and “Blue in Green,” guitarist Lee Ritenour sounds a lot like Wes Montgomery and he leads his group (which features either Ernie Watts or Eric Marienthal on tenor) through some relatively straight-ahead numbers filled with soulful and creative playing. The five vocal numbers are much more in the R&B/smooth vein and occasionally feature the presence of Ivan Lins. Clearly Ritenour was going for variety on this project. He sounds fine in both settings but probably should have recorded twice as much music and split this CD into two. ~ Scott Yanow

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