Saturday, June 28, 2008

Lee Ritenour And Dave Grusin Return With 'Amparo'

Guitarist Lee Ritenour and pianist Dave Grusin have teamed up again, for a new classical crossover release called Amparo, which will be released in September by the Decca label Group.

Amparo features Ritenour and Grusin's interpretations of works by classic composers including Maurice Ravel, George Frederic Handel, Tomas Albinoni and Gabriel Faure. It also includes appearances from singer-songwriter James Taylor, soprano Renee Fleming, violinist Joshua Bell, and trumpeter Chris Botti.

Grusin said, "We grew up with the classical music repertoire, and Amparo gives us another chance to delve back into that world together."

Ritenour and Grusin's most recent album together was the classical crossover hit album Two Worlds, in 2000.

The two have a long relationship, as Ritenour explained: "Dave is just such a legendary piano player, you know, he's an Oscar winner, I think he's got about 12 Grammys and he's just made so many of his own great albums. We've done so many collaborations together. He's really my best friend and we've collaborated since I was 18."

Ritenour will be in Switzerland in July 12th through 14th, performing as part of the Quincy Jones Birthday Celebration at the Montreux Jazz Festival. He will also be president of Montreux's International Guitar Competition. Following a short European tour, he returns to the U.S. for August and September dates in San Diego; Idyllwild, California; Seattle; and Fort Worth, Texas.

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