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Since beginning his career at 16, guitarist Lee Ritenour has played on over 3000 sessions, made over 40 albums and established himself as one of the all-time great players.

Born in L.A., Ritenour was heavily influenced by the style of Wes Montgomery.

An in-demand session player, he was nicknamed “Captain Fingers” for his incredible manual dexterity on the instrument. His playing has been featured on landmark projects from Steely Dan (Aja) and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” to albums by Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.

Throughout his career, Ritenour has done many collaborations (such as with fellow guitarist Larry Carlton and pianist Dave Grusin) and experiemented with various genres of music, including funk, Brazilian and blues. He was a founding member of Fourplay, and has over 17 Grammy nominations to his credit.

In 2010, he marked 50 years in the business with the release of “6 String Theory.”

  • Ritenour’s first session was with the Mamas and the Papas.
  • Two early videos of his, “Is It You” and “Mr. Briefcase,” were featured on MTV during its first broadcasting day.
  • At the height of his session career, Ritenour was doing 10 to 15 sessions per week.

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