Lee Ritenour’s Unadulterated Finale of Jazz Series - 2013
16 May, 2013
Lee Ritenour’s  Unadulterated Finale of Jazz Series - 2013
ON May 5, on the orthodox Easter Day great guitarist Lee Ritenour arrived to give a concert at Tbilisi Event Hall together with distinguished musicians such as Jesse Milliner on Keys, Melvin Davis on Bass, Sonny Emory on Drums. As usual, the Hall was full.
Mikheil Giorgadze, Director of Eastern Promotion, the company in charge, said at the eve of the concert that couple of years ago it was hard to imagine that Tbilisi would host
the Grammy-winning stars in the club environment as if it were the monthly jazz series at Tbilisi Event Hall.”These people hold the leading positions on the lists of the most prestigious jazz festivals all around the world.”
From rock to blues to jazz, Ritenour’s diverse music gave basis to over 3,000 sessions as a young guitarist attracted a broad spectrum of artists such as Pink Floyd (The Wall), Steely Dan (Aja), Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, B.B. King, Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand. Not to forget the dazzling array of talents appearing on his solo works and collaborations, notably– Phil Collins, Brazilian greats Ivan Lins, Caetano Veloso, Djavan and Jao Bosco, George Benson, Chaka Kahn, Herbie Hancock, Michael McDonald and the opera great Renee Fleming.
Neka Sebiskveradze, Georgian singer also talked to Georgian Journal: “I always attend the concerts whenever I have a chance to be here in Tbilisi and I’m not on a business trip, as it is a great luxury for a musician. It is a pity that I could not attend my favorite musician Stacey Kent’s performance. My expectations for today’s concert are great, as I have heard a lot about him. I am very happy because when I see full halls, it gives me a hope that there is a certain number of listeners in Tbilisi who cherish unadulterated music.”
Tamaz Kurashvili, veteran Georgian jazzman said: “I expect a very pleasant evening. The musicians accompanying him are great. I have listened to Lee live many times in the past. He is a vigorous musician. We cannot say what he will play, as the program is diverse and it depends on his mood.”
“Capital Fingers” – such is the nickname of Lee Ritenour. I can say that this was the music where vocals are superfluous. However, bassist had some very effective attempts to fill this gap too. However, from the professional point of view, no gap remains where anything is missing. The Georgian public was co-active, clapping hands from time to time, thus creating one whole performance with much-appreciated musicians who did their best. It was a genuine climax of jazz series.
Lee Ritenour, the American jazz guitarist, who is the author of 42 albums and has a lot of awards to his credit, arrived from Yerevan and left Tbilisi for Europe.
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