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Lee Ritenour is a consummate and complete guitarist if ever there was one, his varied discography supporting a seemingly insatiable appetite for anything to do with the six-stringed instrument and all its variations.

—All About Jazz

Few musicians of any genre can match the curriculum vitae of Grammy award–winning guitarist Lee Ritenour.


A founding member of jazz group Fourplay, Lee Ritenour is a Grammy-winning guitarist whose storied career includes session work with the Mamas and the Papas, Lena Horne, and Tony Bennett.

Ritenour has maintained a delicate balance between individual creative vision and the group dynamic since the beginning of his career. He did his first session work in the late 1960s with the Mamas and the Papas, who dubbed him “Captain Fingers” for demonstrating incredible dexterity while still in his teens.

Since his early recordings in the 1970s, he has earned a Grammy Award and nineteen Grammy nominations, numerous number-one spots on guitar polls, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian SJ Awards, and a prestigious “Alumnus of the Year” Award from the University of Southern California. He has recorded more than forty albums that have yielded thirty-five chart songs. As a young guitarist, he put his combination of diverse musical styles and brilliant technical chops to work on more than three thousand sessions with a broad spectrum of artists and was a founding member of Fourplay, which is considered the most successful group in contemporary jazz.

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