Lee Ritenour with Patrice Rushen, Ernie Watts, Alex Acuna and Brian Bromberg will be in concert in Paris on Friday, July 22nd at the New Morning.
Lee's latest 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 "Wesbound" 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 wich is a new single with vocalist Kenya Hathaway.
Multi-Grammy-nominated artist, Patrice Rushen, is fashioning her career after her long-time friend and mentor, Quincy Jones. Composer... Producer... International Recording Artist --Rushen has definitely earned the respect awarded her by her peers in the music industry.
A classically trained pianist, Rushen has spent a lifetime honing the skills which make her one of the music industry's most versatile and sought after artists. In 1998, Rushen was honored by the music industry when her current adult-contemporary CD, Signature, received a Grammy nomination, as well as, an NAACP Image Award nomination, and landed in the top ten of the adult-contemporary jazz charts. The critically-lauded, chart-topping style she championed in the '70's and '80's -- a jazz R&B/pop fusion that combined melodic accessibility with instrumental prowess not only became her signature style but continues to be a mainstay of popular radio. Signature is the first of her 12 albums to include covers: renditions of the 1985 Sade smash hit "The Sweetest Taboo" and The Stylistics' 1980 R&B hit "Hurry Up This Way Again," neither of which has ever been previously recorded as an instrumental.
A very versatile acoustic and electric bassist capable of playing straight-ahead jazz, funk, and fusion, Brian Bromberg is also one of the few bassists to master the tapping technique made famous by Stanley Jordan, sometimes sounding like three bassists at once during his often-thunderous solos. At 9, he was part of Stan Getz's group. Bromberg has been a valuable sidemen with many bands since including those led by Horace Silver, Monty Alexander, Dizzy Gillespie, Richie Cole, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, and Freddie Hubbard.
Brian's new CD "Metal" out on February 22 is on Artistry Music. This CD went right to #1 on the sales charts in Japan within a few weeks of release.
Alex Acuña, a Peruvian drummer and percussionist, is widely known as a gifted musician, producer, composer and clinician. For the last 40 years, Alex has been exciting fans with his innovative and amazing grooves played with pure heart. A combination of his South American and Caribbean roots and his understanding of contemporary music, from Jazz to Pop, make him one of the most accomplished and complete musicians. He has performed all over the world with countless artists/musicians and has earned a reputation for his skills as a live performer.
In 2000, "Alex Acuña y Su Acuarela De Tambores" received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album for "Rhythms for a New Millennium." This solo album, produced by Alex, included varying styles of Latin, South American and African percussion. The nomination confirmed Alex's vast knowledge and expertise of percussion rhythms. Zan Stewart of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "Alex Acuña is the epitome of the world music percussionist, to whom no style is a stranger".
Alex has also composed music for various artists and produced "Thinking of You" by Alex Acuña and the Unknowns, "Rumberos Poetry" by Tolú and "Aliyah" by Kay Silberling. This year will also see the release of Tolú's "Bongo de Van Gogh," the Unknowns follow-up album and several projects for NIDO Entertainment, Alex's new record company.
Two-time Grammy Award winner Ernie Watts is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players on the music scene. In a diverse career that has spanned more than thirty years, he has been featured on more than 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa, always exhibiting his unforgettable trademark sound.
For his latest recording, Ernie Watts Quartet ALIVE (2004), he has chosen a new forum. Throughout his long and fruitful career, he has not previously made a live recording of his own, capturing a stage performance with no editing or overdubs. The chance to hear Watts at immediate heat in the midst of his own music is a special occasion, only available before to his concert audiences. Recording in Germany, he leads his quartet (which features acclaimed pianist Christof Saenger) through originals and some well-chosen classics by Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus. The musicians stretch their imaginations and soar over a set of airtight arrangements. Released on Watts' own Flying Dolphin label, ALIVE begins a new chapter for the artist. "This is my first recording where I had complete control," notes Watts. "All the creative decisions were mine, from the tunes to the final mix. That freedom inspired this CD. It shows who I really am as a musician."