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Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin – Old Friends In A Fresh Setting

Guitarist Lee Ritenour has been playing with pianist Dave Grusin on and off since he was a teenager in the 70s, Dave plays on much of Lee’s new album A Twist Of Rit, but they haven’t played much in a duet setting.

Credit Parker Miles Blohm / KPLU

This made for an extra-special performance from these old friends, who recalled their first meeting at a party in LA that was also attended by the great Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. Lee and Dave play a beautiful version of Jobim’s“Amparo”, as well as Lee’s song for his wife, “Waltz For Carmen”, and a new tune from his latest album called “Pearl”. At the end of the session, to our studio audience at least, a duets album seems like a great idea. 


  1. Pearl
  2. Amparo (Olha Maria)
  3. Waltz for Carmen

Abe grew up in Western Washington, a 3rd generation Seattle/Tacoma kid. It was as a student at Pacific Lutheran University that Abe landed his first job at KNKX, editing and producing audio for news stories. It was a Christmas Day shift no one else wanted that gave Abe his first on-air experience which led to overnights, then Saturday afternoons, and started hosting Evening Jazz in 1998.