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Lee Ritenour
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Musician
    (January 11, 1952- )
    Born in Los Angeles, California
    Jazz guitarist
    Recorded the albums ‘First Course’ (1976), ‘Captain Fingers’ (1977), ‘The Captain’s Journey’ (1978), ‘Rio’ (1979), ‘Rit’ (1981), ‘Rit 2’ (1982), ‘Earth Run’ (1986), ‘Color Rit’ (1989), ‘Alive in L.A.’ (1997), ‘Rit’s House’ (2002), ‘Six-String Theory’ (2010), and ‘Dreamcatcher’ (2020)
    Member of the band Fourplay (1991-97)
    He got to play on his first session, for the Mamas and the Papas, because he was in a band whose lead singer was also John Phillips’ drug dealer.
    He was nicknamed ‘Captain Fingers.’
    He is a one-hit wonder on the pop charts, with ‘Is It You’ his only Top 40 single (1981).
    He has played on over 3,000 sessions, working with everyone from Barbara Streisand to Pink Floyd.
    AllMusic noted, ‘[His] speed, facility, phrasing, and technique are always flawless.’
    His house in Malibu was destroyed by a wildfire, resulting in the loss of his home studio, 100 guitars, and 40 amps (2018).
    A week after the fire, he underwent surgery to replace an aortic valve.

Credit: C. Fishel


 
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