First Listen: Lee Ritenour cooks up some “Wild Rice”

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“The concept for A Twist of Rit combines new material and tunes selected from earlier albums. We twisted, flipped and reconstructed those songs with a twelve-piece band. Several of the songs are from my very first album, First Course, recorded in 1975 and the Rit album in 1980.”  

– Lee Ritenour

GRAMMY-winning, guitarist Lee Ritenour, AKA Captain Fingers, has a wide-ranging array of material to revive, as evidenced by A Twist of Rit. 2015 commemorates 40 years since his debut recording, First Course, on Epic Records.  A Twist of Rit, set for release on August 21, 2015 via Concord Records, is a magnificent follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2012 album Rhythm Sessions.

A Twist of Rit spotlights Ritenour with several long-time musical cohorts, including keyboardists John BeasleyDave Grusin and Patrice Rushen; saxophonist Ernie Watts; bassists Melvin Lee DavisTom Kennedy and Dave Weckl; and percussionist Paulinho Da Costa. That core group is augmented by drummers Ronald Bruner Jr. and Chris Coleman, along with Bob Sheppard on saxophone and Rashawn Ross playing flugelhorn. Joining Ritenour for the first time are guitarists Michael ThompsonWah Wah Watson and David T. Walker, plus Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone.

We’re enjoying the fun and funky lead track from the album, “Wild Rice.” It’s a great song to get your day going, and it is our newest SoulTracks First Listen. So check it out below and tell us what you think!

Lee Ritenour – “Wild Rice”

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