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Lee Ritenour: Session Monster, Guitar Fusioneer, Pop Bandleader...? Will The Real Captain Fingers Please Stand Up.

Steven Rosen, Musician, January 1987

"THE GUITAR is a very difficult instrument to get a great sound on. There's no doubt about it — it takes a lot of years." You would expect the statement to come from some fretboard novice with more color on his guitar than emanating from it. But the words belong to studio/solo veteran Lee "Captain Fingers" Ritenour, a humble pioneer whose modest attitude belies a career playing on more than 3,000 albums and recording sixteen records of his own. It has been ten years since the release of Lee's first solo record (First Course), signaling what was for him a second career.

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