Album review: Lee Ritenour, On the Line (1984)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 30, 1984

By Steve Newton

After exposing the old eardrums to the sonic reverberations of the Scorpions’ latest, it’s nice to cool down with the refreshing jazzy sounds of Lee Ritenour. And his latest, ‘recorded live in the studio’ album really does the trick.

On the Line captures Ritenour in several different musical moods, from the lilting to the upbeat, and sees him in the company of some of America’s finest session players. Keyboardists Dave and Don Grusin, bassist Nathan East and Anthony Jackson, drummer Harvey Mason and saxman Ernie Watts are just a few of the those whose talents make Ritenour’s self-produced LP a highly attractive piece of vinyl.

Recommended.

 

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