One of the world?s most renowned Jazz guitarists, Lee Ritenour began his career backing up the likes of The Mamas and The Papas, Tony Bennett, and more. His website declares that he has over 3,000 studio sessions to his cr... more »edit, with such groups as Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, and Dizzy Gillespie. Since 1976, he has been recording as a solo artist, with over 30 albums to his credit. Lee Ritenour?s new DVD entitled "OverTime," is 2 1/2 hours long with 19 songs covering his music from the 70?s to the current. Musically, it covers 4 distinct areas starting out with acoustic jazz and moving into Brazilian music with Ivan Lins. The second half continues with Lee?s early music from the fusion days at The Baked Potato including the original band of Dave Grusin, Patrice Rushen, Anthony Jackson, Harvey Mason, Ernie Watts and Steve Foreman. The DVD concludes with many of his most popular songs from the 80?s to 2004 including songs from "WestBound" and "Twist of Motown." Two of the guest artists featured in this section are Chris Botti and Eric Marienthal. There are also 2 new songs on the DVD, one of which is a new single with vocalist Kenya Hathaway. Musicians on "OverTime": Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Patrice Rushen, Ivan Lins, Chris Botti, Ernie Watts, Harvey Mason, Eric Marienthal, Alex Acuna, Anthony Jackson, Melvin Davis, Oscar Seaton, Barnaby Finch, Kenya Hathaway, Grady Harrell, Dave Carpenter, and Steve Foreman.« less
Russ Bellinger | Bradenton, Florida USA | 07/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yeah! Lee has really come across full strength with this DVD. The sound is excellent, crisp and clear with a nice 5.1 sound mix. He has some of the best musicians on the planet playing at these gigs. Harvey Mason is mind-blowing on the drums and with Anthony Jackson's pumping bass and Alex Acuna's percussion it is one of the stongest and tightest rhythm sections I have ever heard. The vocalists were also amazing. Loved hearing them do Captain Fingers - Absolutely incredible! Lee's guitar playing really burns it up. This is essential music for anyone who truly loves great music."
The Best of one of the BEST
Warren Kelly | Southern Ohio | 04/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard Lee Ritenour when I started listening to Fourplay. Before then, I didn't really listen to much jazz. A friend got me hooked on Pat Metheny, and it all started there.
This DVD is an important contribution to any jazz fan's collection. It spans Ritenour's career from the 70s to now, and it does it by featuring not only the music but also the people he played with. And the atmosphere is not what I thought it would be: rather than a "this is Lee Ritenour, and these are the people who I have decided to allow to play with me on this project," it was "these people are good in their own right: I brought them here to celebrate history, and to make a little as well." The DVD is also NOT an extended guitar solo. It is very much Lee Ritenour and Friends.
The interaction between artists in this setting is amazing to watch. The fact that they can all improvise so well, and stay close to the theme of the piece, and bring everything back together when it's time says a LOT for the quality of the musicians that Ritenour assembled for this project. Dave Grusin, Ernie Watts, Patrice Rushen, Anthony Jackson and more - these are not just studio musicians hired to make one man look good. The whole in this case is indeed greater than the sum of it's parts.
Some standout moments on the DVD:
* A set featuring the Brazilian music of Ivan Lins, including "Harlequin."
* Ritenour's hand-punishing "Captain Fingers."
* My personal favorite: A rendition of Miles Davis' "Blue in Green." When I was 10, I used to listen to an AM station in Washington DC that played jazz every Friday and Saturday night from about midnight to six in the morning. This song reminded me a LOT of the songs I used to listen to with that transistor radio under my pillow.
The interviews that are included add a lot to the historical value of the DVD set. This can't be stressed enough - this is a DVD that has some long-term value to people who are serious fans of jazz, because of the way it covers a 30-year span of time. It's also a great collection for someone whose jazz collection is looking a bit thin, because right here you can see and hear some great talent.
It's clear that after 30 years of playing jazz, Lee Ritenour hasn't lost a step. This collection proves it, and is highly recommended."
Eagerly awaited and not disappointed !!!!
G. Bates | Rockford, IL USA | 06/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I pre-ordered the DVD from Amazon (don't normally do this) since I am a huge Lee Ritenour fan and have been waiting for the US release of this for many months. It arrived yesterday and when I got home from work, popped it in and went through both discs. Although the Amazon review is fair, the reviews to date fail to mention that the DVDs contain a number of mini-interviews. I enjoyed these mini-interviews with most of the artists with particular interest in Rit's comments. Despite his critics, I have enjoyed listening to all of Ritenour's music and admiring his career. The CD covers most of his hits or well known songs. Particularly interesting are the new artists Ritenour always seems to introduce to his audience. Kenya Hathaway and Grady Harrell are 2 vocalists that Lee has performing songs like "Is It You?" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" (maybe my favorite track). Kenya also performs who original song "Possibilities."
The guest/supporting artists are legendary studio musicians and the sound quality is real treat (if you have the requisite system)!!!! Basically, this is pop/jazz instrumental audiophile dream. Even if you are not lee Ritneour fan, this project should still capture your attention given the other contributing artists' performances.
All in All, a real gem!!!!!"
JASON PAUL | 06/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anyone who plays guitar or follows the music business is probably familiar with the technique and diversity of this prolific and exceptionally gifted musician, arranger and producer. Lee Ritenour's "Overtime", the long awaited DVD spans his career and covers the best of the best. The sound quality and dolby digital 5.1 surround sound really make you feel like you are there watching and feeling the interaction of the musicians. Long familiar with eachother, the musicians play so well together it takes on an almost telepathic connectedness. The cheerful Ritenour, spins fresh and exuberant versions from his vast arsenal of music across different genres: acoustic, jazz, funk etc., and his fretwork seems to just be getting better, if that is even imaginable. Some musicians love playing music for its own sake and Ritenour is certaintly one of those people. Thanks, Lee!"
GZ | usa | 08/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A most excellent double DVD ... recorded in Hi-Definition and the sound quality is superb! The musicians and their performances are great but I have one major complaint... after just about every song there is an interview with one or more of the musicians. The continuity of the performance is disturbed by this IMO and the interviews, while entertaining in their own right, would be better placed as a DVD extra. Regardless, I do not regret purchasing the Overtime DVD and recommend it highly."