Lee Ritenour


Ritenour's guitar has been heard on thousands of sessions since he first sat in with the Mamas and the Papas as a 16-year-old. Primarily known for a sleek, contemporary jazz style slathered with pop and soul (epitomized by Fourplay, the popular band he co-founded), Ritenour is a resourceful guitarist versatile enough to play with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Frank Sinatra and Pink Floyd. He's an obvious fan of Wes Montgomery's West Coast cool as well as the sultry subtleties of Brazilian music, and is an impressive improviser when the opportunity arises. His 2010 album, 6 String Theory, is an inspired curiosity. It's a tribute to his favorite instrument with a genre-spanning cast of 20 guitarists ranging from B.B. King to John Scofield, Vince Gill, and Slash. Ritenour produced, and only plays on a few tracks, but his eclectic spirit is all over it. At the Dakota he'll lead a quartet with bassist Melvin Davis, drummer Sonny Emory, and keyboardist Jesse Milliner. $40 at 7 p.m.; $25 at 9 p.m. (Photo by Richard E. Aaron)
Mondays, Sundays. Starts: April 17. Continues through April 18, 2011

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