1981 Lee Ritenour – Rit

Lee Mack Ritenour (born January 11, 1952) is an American jazz guitarist, session musician, and composer. Ritenour has contributed to over 3000 sessions, and has charted over 30 contemporary jazz hits since 1976.

As the 1980s began, Ritenour began to add stronger elements of pop to his music, beginning with Rit in 1981. For this, he kept with his distorted sound, now using his Ibanez LR-10 signature model guitar. One of tracks from “Rit”, entitled, “Is It You” featuring vocals from Eric Tagg became a hit reaching number fifteen on the pop chart and number twenty-seven on the soul chart. He continued with the pop-oriented music for two albums after Rit (Rit/2 in 1982 and Banded Together in 1984), while releasing a slick, yet more crossover-styled, Direct-Disk instrumental album in 1983 called On The Line. He also provided rhythm guitar on Tom Browne’s hit, Funkin’ for Jamaica.

Tracks

1  Mr. Briefcase (Eric Tagg) 3:30
2  (Just) Tell Me Pretty Lies (Lee Ritenour, Eric Tagg) 4:15
3  No Sympathy (Lee Ritenour, Eric Tagg) 4:49
Is It You(Lee Ritenour, Eric Tagg, Bill Champlin) 4:30
5  Dreamwalk (Lee Ritenour) 1:48
6  Countdown (Captain Fingers) (Lee Ritenour) 4:27
7  Good Question (Lee Ritenour) 3:44
8  (You Caught Me) Smilin’ (Sylvester Stewart) 4:09
9  On The Slow Glide (Lee Ritenour) 4:10
10  No Sympathy (Reprise) (Lee Ritenour) 2:00

Media

Musicians

1 Mr. Briefcase

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarLee Ritenour
PianoDavid Foster
VocalsErik Tagg


2 (Just) Tell Me Pretty Lies

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsHarvey Mason
GuitarLee Ritenour
KeyboardsRichard Tee
KeyboardsDavid Foster
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PercussionSteve Forman
VocalsErik Tagg


3 No Sympathy

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsRick Shlosser
GuitarLee Ritenour
Fender RhodesGreg Mathieson
PercussionHarvey Mason
VocalsErik Tagg
Background VocalsBill Champlin


4 Is It You

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsAlex Acuna
GuitarLee Ritenour
KeyboardsDavid Foster
KeyboardsRichard Tee
HornJerry Hey
PercussionHarvey Mason
VocalsErik Tagg
Background VocalsBill Champlin


5 Dreamwalk

GuitarLee Ritenour


6 Countdown (Captain Fingers)

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsHarvey Mason
GuitarLee Ritenour
KeyboardsDon Grusin
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PercussionSteve Forman


7 Good Question

BassJohn Pierce
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarLee Ritenour
KeyboardsDavid Foster


8 (You Caught Me) Smilin’

GuitarLee Ritenour


9 On The Slow Glide

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsHarvey Mason
GuitarLee Ritenour
KeyboardsDon Grusin
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker


10 No Sympathy (Reprise)

GuitarLee Ritenour

Liner Notes

Producer – Lee Ritenour
Producer – David Foster (Tracks 1, 7)
Producer, Drums – Harvey Mason (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 6)
Other (Production Assistant) – Kevin Rice
Arranged By (Horns Arranged By) – Jerry Hey (Tracks 1, 4, 8)
Arranged By (Strings Arranged By) – David Foster (Track 3)
Arranged By (Strings Arranged By) – Lee Ritenour (Track 3)
Arranged By (Strings Arranged By) – Johnny Mandel (Track 5)
Concertmaster – Gerald Vinci
Contractor – Frank DeCaro
Engineer (Assistant Engineer) – David Leonard, Les Brockmann, Peggy McCreary
Recorded By – Don Murray, Don Murray, Humberto Gatica
Recorded By (Additional Recording) – Ralph Osborn
Recorded By, Mixed By – Humberto Gatica

Art Direction – Kathy Morphesis, Ron Coro
Design (Logo Designed and Painted by) – Joe Garnett
Photography By – Aaron Rapoport

Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation
Produced For – Captain Fingers Productions
Manufactured By – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra Records
Copyright (c) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Recorded At – Monterey Sound Studios
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Recorded At – Santa Barbara Sound Design
Recorded At – Kendun Recorders
Recorded At – Davlen Sound Studios