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Lee Mack "Captain Fingers" Ritenour (born January 11, 1952) is an American jazz guitarist, recording artist, composer and producer. He began his career at age 16 and has appeared on over 3000 sessions, recorded over 42 albums, and has charted over 30 instrumental and vocal contemporary jazz hits since 1976.[1] One of his most popular songs was the smash hit, âIs It Youâ? in 1981. Ritenour is considered to be a pioneer in the Contemporary Jazz and jazz-funk genres of music.[citation needed]. Guitar Player Magazine awarded him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for the year 2010. His highly acclaimed and popular 2010 hit album âLee Ritenour’s 6 String Theoryâ? had numerous awards in 2011 including, Guitar Album of the Year â Guitar International Magazine. UKâs Guitarist Magazine: The #1 Best 50 Guitar Albums of 2010. JAZZIZ Magazine Publisherâs Album of the Year. Top Albums of 2010 from Canadaâs âThe Guardianâ?. Lee was awarded at the 2011 Echo Awards in Germany (the German Grammy awards) for Best International Instrumentalist (Guitar) in conjunction with the album, "6 String Theory")


Ritenour was born January 11, 1952 in Los Angeles, California. He played his first session when he was 16 with the Mamas & the Papas and given the moniker, "Captain Fingers", because of his manual dexterity on the guitar. Ritenour was a sought-after session guitarist by the mid-1970s, and won Guitar Player Magazine’s Best Studio Guitarist twice in the 1970s. He is noted for playing his red Gibson ES-335 and his Gibson L5 guitars.

Ritenour on stage

One of his most notable influences is the pioneering jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery among others like Joe Pass, Kenny Burrell and John McLaughlin. His prolific career includes a Grammy Award for the collaborative work Harlequin (1985), and 19 other Grammy nominations. Ritenour also 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 day. Ritenour has been at the top of many guitar polls throughout the world.

Throughout his career, Ritenour has experimented with different styles of music. A true fusionist, he has often incorporated elements of funk, pop, rock, blues, Brazilian and most recently with Amparo (2008), classical music with jazz. 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


1976 First Course

1977 Lee Ritenour and His Gentle Thoughts

1977 Captain Fingers

1977 Sugar Loaf Express

1978 Friendship (Different from 1979 release)

1978 The Captain’s Journey

1979 Rio

1979 Feel the Night

1979 Friendship (Currently reissued with The Captain’s Journey on Wounded Bird Records)

1980 The Best of Lee Ritenour

1981 Rit

1982 Rit 2

1982 Dave Grusin and the N.Y. /L.A. Dream Band, with Dave Grusin

1983 On The Line (This version differs in some takes to the 1985 GRP Release, and is available reissued with Rio on Wounded Bird Records), with Dave Grusin

1984 Banded Together

1985 Harlequin, with Dave Grusin

1985 GRP Live in Session, with Dave Grusin

1986 Earth Run

1987 Portrait

1988 Festival

1989 Color Rit

1990 Stolen Moments

1991 Collection

1991 Fourplay, Fourplay

1993 Wes Bound

1993 Fourplay, Between The Sheets

1995 Larry & Lee, with Larry Carlton

1995 Fourplay, Elixir

1997 Alive In L.A.

1997 A Twist of Jobim

1997 Fourplay, Best Of Fourplay

1998 This Is Love i.e. Music

1999 Two Worlds, with Dave Grusin, Renée Fleming, Gil Shaham and Julian Lloyd Webber.

2001 A Twist Of Marley

2002 Rit’s House GRP Records

2003 The Very Best Of Lee Ritenour

2003 The Best Of Lee Ritenour

2003 A Twist of Motown

2005 Overtime

2005 World Of Brazil

2006 Smoke N Mirrors

2008 Amparo, with Dave Grusin

2010 Lee Ritenour’s 6 String Theory


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