Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin
Amager Bio, Copenhagen,
Tuesday 9 August 2011
Reviewed by Morten Buschmann
Photo: Steen Donsby
GAFFA: 5 stars
Captain Fingers and grandfather
Gruisin mastered everything at your fingertips.
Funk, jazz, pop, Brazilian, reggae and various fusion in there from.
For 59-year-old Lee Ritenour and 77-year-old Dave Gruisin's age within
obstacle sublime to cast effortlessly and freely in most genres.
Without losing a single swing. Well backed up by two African-American
playful champions; Will Kennedy and Melvin Davis.
In a near sold out Amager Bio is the four on stage, and although the
audience expects funk quartet throws himself unabashedly into Gruisins
latin composition "Punta Del Sol", stressing that Gruisin and Ritenour
are deeply rooted in jazz.Gruisin explores the sounds of piano,
Ritenour lynblizter up and down the fretboard. Older gentlemen never
lose their craftsmanship. Skip to more samba, "Stone Flower" by Antonio
Carlos Jobim, and again a ferment of Ritenour solo in a transparent
acoustic guitar without sounding box, but damn, it sounds good.Swing,
swing, always swinging, that's what Gruisin / Ritenour is particularly
famous for, and drummer Will Kennedy supports and demonstrates the
musical responsiveness of superior class. It's not for nothing that
these three gentlemen are some of the most awarded and popular in the
American world of smooth jazz.Well backed by Melvin Davis on 7-string
Funk on the way
The audience enjoys and rejoice even more, to finally emerge
råfunken up: "West Bound". A sylespidst precise groove with
Ritenour on semi acoustic Gibson and his signaturlyd from the album
"The Captain's Journey" (1978).Gruisin takes a solo, and surely he is
not a Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea or other scale racers, but a chord,
sound and groove, exploring, and on the way he sticks out as a pianist.
One of the evening's best songs, where Ritenour with his game says that
he also has cultivated one of the giants, the American guitarist Wes
Back to jazz
Hall of bubbles, but it is the team almost indifferent. They want to
play pure unadulterated jazz in "Stolen Moments" and it is not wrong,
not because Melvin Davis is charming hall with its Al Jarreau-like jazz
scatsang. The band, any genre, even humor. So should we talk into the
microphone, and Ritenour said he last year celebrated 50-year
anniversary as a guitarist and Gruisin gained 12 Grammys and 1 Oscar
for his film music, and have saved them all away in his basement.
Superior or modest. Depending on temperament.
"Lay It Down" from Ritenours anniversary album "6 String Theory" (2010)
is a bleak reggae in 6/8-dele, however, saved the country by Will
Kennedy of musical solo, proving everything he has learned from being
real man of the band Yellowjackets. And then it's time for Dave
Gruisins solo on piano department. "A Child Is Born" by Thad Jones gave
me goose bumps, similar to the tasteful and lyrical chord phrasings you
have to look far for the industry, and it is clear why Gruisin is one
of the world's most sought after film composers. In "Stella By
Starlight" - without Ritenour - the trio plays with fast bebop, but it
is risky for a man of 77 years. Allow others to sprint, Dave.
Danish singer on stage
Lee Ritenour has just produced the album "Touch" with the 29-year-old
Danish girl wonder, Annekei, who now lives in America. She was also an
excellent warming and must now sing Ivan Lins' bossa "Harlequin". The
beautiful golden Dane is a little untested in bossaland but Gruisin
supports, assists and involves Annakei and proves what gudbenådet
accompanist he is. Bob Marley's "Get Up Stand Up" follows, but turned
into a typical Ritenoursk funk / reggae in a new exciting chord
extended event where Gruisin trumps with a dazzling synth solo with
flute sound. Masterful. Another highlight for me. Annekei must also
equal jazze and samples with little scatsangsolo, but she's too green
to jazz. Lee "Captain Fingers" Ritenour is clearly excited and can
hardly keep her ... fingers from the pretty blond Scandinavians.
The crown of fusion power plant is Ritenours gigahit "Rio Funk." Melvin
Davis throws a slap bass solo in, so Larry Graham would be exceedingly
proud of his pupil. Ritenour acknowledge with a blow finger guitar
solo! On the whole band plays with funkschlageren and pushing it around
in all sorts of fresh new directions, and it is quite an achievement,
because that number has Lee played for all concerts in the last 32
years, but symptomatic of the concert: Play with music . And "Rio Funk"
when underway indeed around in genres such as latin, funk and
straight-out-of-the road rock!
The audience wants more Rit, and we must pass Ritenours smash hit, pop
songs "Is It You" (1982). Here in the nice suits pop Annakeis
popsødme nicely, but perhaps you should just practiced this hit
with the Dane BEFORE the concert. All in all, a legend - almost perfect