Live In Montreal
A strong representation of the jazz fusion scene got together on July 1991 with this sampling of artists from the GRP label, including frequent jazz-rock collaborator Ernie Watts and David Benoit, master ofia "jazz-lite" style. But guitarist Lee Ritenour is key man here: he calls most of the shots and six of the eight pieces are his, including a fine tribute to early inspiration Wes Montgomery on the "24th Street Blues". For the most part, easygoing and mellow are the watchwords on this program - not surprising, since the players tend to be based in Los Angeles. Ritenour's "Etude" stands out for its creation of atmosphere, and so do Dave Valentin's solo melodic meanderings on a selection of wooden flutes backed by his own vocal effects. All elements considered, the bill is a demonstration of top-drawer musicianship, awareness of contemporary styles and versatility. The GRP All Stars feature Lee Ritenour, David Benoit, Don Grusin, Ernie Watts and Dave Valentin.
Special DVD features include: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround Sound.
The DVD includes the songs "Night Rhythms", "24th Street Blues", "Solo Flute", "Zephyr", "Rio Sol", "Etude", "Uptown" and "Rio Funk".