Lou Volpe CD review with Lee Ritenour

By November 12, 2015Updates
Our previous concert at the Dizzy Gillespie Theater

Our last concert at the Dizzy Gillespie Threater


We are so excited about this early review of the CD that just came in. Our CD reviewed right along side of the great Lee Ritenour! Feeling so good to be in the company of such a wonderful guitar artist. Thank you George Harris.

Our band will perform the CD at a special performance in December:

Tuesday, December 8th
8 PM
The Dizzy Gillespie Theater
53 East 11th Street
New York, NY, 10003
212 674 8998Our annual celebration concert will spotlight the release of “Remembering Ol’ Blue Eyes” and feature the new band playing these arrangements and songs. A special performance night for sure.Admission is $15.00 per show. Tickets will be sold at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased by credit card only by calling 212-222-5159. Tickets are also available at all Lou Volpe performances prior to this date.

Here is the review:

SIX STRING THEORIES…Lee Ritenour: A Twist of Rit, Lou Volpe: Remembering Ol’ Blue Eyes

Ah! The jazz guitar! Here are a couple, one from one of the progenitors of modern six gunning, and the other while more obscure, makes quite an impression.

Lee Ritenour looks forward here by looking back and revisiting material from his earlier albums, mostly from his debut First Course, but also from later releases such as Earth Run. He teams up with buds and studs from those earlier days, and the all star cast of Patrice Rushen/key, Ernie Watts/ts, John Beasley/key, Dave Weckl/dr, Tom Kennedy/b, Ron Bruner/dr and Dave Grusin/key mix and match with a list of first call studio buddies. Vintage tunes like “Fatback,” “Wild Rice” and “Sweet Syncopation” are given new “twists” and sound fresh, fun and funky. Ritenour himself is in inspired form, and you can feel the smile coming out of each solo. “Bullet Train” and “Countdown” have a jazz club jam feel, with sparks flying from Beasley and Grusin, while the closing guitar duet with Tony Pusztai on “Waltz For Carmen” feels like an intimate conversation. Ritenour’s been on a creative roll the last few years; catch him while you can!

Lou  Volpe delivers a tasty tribute to Sinatra by delivering some well delivered takes of tunes made famous by the Chairman. Along with Mel Davis/key, Onaje Allan Gumbs/key, Delmar Brown/key, Stanley Banks/b, Gary Fritz/perc and Buddy Williams/dr he displays artistic picking with an easy back beat on pieces like “I’ll Remember April” and “A Foggy day.” He sounds cozy and intimate on solo tracks such as “Softly as I Leave You” and “Days of Wine and Roses” and he knows how to bend the strings as he makes them cry for mercy on “One For My Baby.” He taps the like Astaire on “a hip “The Best is Yet To Come” and is sleek as a Caddie’s fins on “You Go To My Head.” One for the Road!


More reviews coming soon!