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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Lee Ritenour & La Crema Pinot Noir

Lee Ritenour grew up up in L.A. in the 60's, where he received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz and rock music. At sixteen years of age, he sessioned with the Mamas and the Papas, Lena Horne, and Tony Bennett Between the age of16 and 18. he sessioned with the Mamas and Papas, Lena Horne, and Tony Bennett. Over his forty year career, he’s had 17 grammy nomination, one grammy for a collaboration with Dave Grusin, and numerous #1 spots in guitar polls. He has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs, notably the Top 15 hit "Is It You," which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic. One of my favorites of all his endeavors is his work with the smooth jazz group Fourplay where he was joined by keyboardist Bob James, bassist Nathan East and drummer Harvey Mason. The first Fourplay album in 1991 spent an unprecedented 33 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart. His music is some of the most listenable that I’ve heard, so I’ll just shut up and let you listen.

Night Rhythms:

Papa was a rolling stone:

Rio Funk:

Panther with Marcus Miller & George Duke:

With Larry Carleton:

Is it you:

A little bumpin:  

Boss City:

Wes Bound:


Water’s Edge:

Forget me nots:

Zurich Jazz festival:

Smoke & Mirrors with Dave Grusin:

Here today, here tomorrow:

With Brian Bromberg:

With Steve Lukather:

And for a classy guitarist like Lee, I recommend a La Crema 2007 Pinot Noir ($18.00). La Crema is a light ruby colored wine with a bouquet of black cherry and a hint of cola. On the palate, it’s medium bodied with very nice balance and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor are a delicious blend of strawberry and raspberries with lively acidity. The finish is dry and lingers for quite some time. Kick back and relax to Lee’s music while you enjoy a bottle of La Crema Pinot Noir. You’re gonna like it!


1 comment:

Rick Daley said...

Good stuff. We listen to the Smooth Jazz channel on our digital cable, and Lee Ritenour is in regular rotation. I have Rio Funk on my iPod.