Concert Review: Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin at Jazz Alley

Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin

Concert Review: Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin
Venue: Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
Date: August 25, 2015

I was fortunate to be able to attend the opening evening of jazz legends Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin performing at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley in Seattle on Tuesday night and both very accomplished musicians showed why they have been two of the greatest on their instruments and repertoire.

Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin

Just this week, Ritenour had released his new album, ‘A Twist Of Rit’,  containing a selection of revisited classics featuring Dave Grusin and Ernie Watts. Last night’s performance at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley kicked off a week long run for Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin playing many of the compositions from this new album backed by bass guitarist Melvin Lee Davis and drummer Sonny Emory.

Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin

Ritenour , one of the greatest jazz guitarist around showed what has made him so fantastic. His playing style is smooth and effortless. Pulling out hot licks and jams, his playing can give you goose bumps and carry you away. Grusin has been known for his television composing career, but that just scratches the surface. Dave Grusin is a true class act, as he’s played with many of the greats including Quincy Jones, Sarah Vaughn and Carmen McRae. In the 1970’s he began recording with Lee Ritenour, which brings us full circle.

If you really want to experience the best, this is a concert that is not to be missed.

Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin

Here is a link to purchase tickets: https://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=1535

Here is my photo gallery of the evening: http://www.peterdervin.com/20150825_ritenour_grusin.html


Peter Dervin

Peter Dervin Bio I was born in Los Angeles, raised on BOSS Radio KHJ 930AM listening to the Real Don Steele, grew up listening to Dr. Demento on KMET 94.7, graduated to Rodney Bengenheimer on KROQ-FM. Started collecting records in high school, I haven’t stopped. Moved to the Northwest in 1989. Became a disc jockey and program host on 90.7 KSER in Everett, I was there for 18 years. Owned a record shop from 1993-1995 called Orbit Records. Mike McCready from Pearl Jam bought a PJ 45 from me. I wrote music reviews for a monthly called “The Taste of Everett”. I was Editor of a trade publication called the “Northwest Landscape Professional” I had always been photographing at the concerts I’ve attended. In 2010, the Grateful Dead used my photos from 1980 on a Road Trips CD release. I then began the journey of taking my photography to the next level. I have photographed a who’s who of musicians, bands and artists. From Los Lobos to DEVO and everything in between. You can see my portfolio at www.peterdervin.com.

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