But Ritenour’s guitar playing owes a lot more to Wes Montgomery, who is obviously his primary influence on Gabor Szabo’s “Mizrab”, as well as original tunes like “78th & 3rd” (which features organist Joey DeFrancesco) and the dusky “Olinda”. One of the album’s best tracks has nothing to do with jazz: “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”. Featuring former Doobie Brothers vocalist Michael McDonald, this interesting remake of the Police’s 1981 hit is not only a departure from the rest of the album — it is also a big departure from the original version. While the Police’s version was up-tempo pop/rock, Ritenour and McDonald transform “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” into an adult contemporary/quiet storm ballad. That track is the album’s only vocal offering; the rest of Rit’s House is instrumental. Arguably, 1992’s “Wes Bound” is still Ritenour’s best studio album — certainly from a jazz perspective. But this album is also respectable, and those who enjoyed hearing the guitarist stretching out on that mostly straightahead disc will also find a lot to enjoy about “Rit’s House”.
Format: 2LPs 180g 33rpm / gatefold sleeve, insert
2. Rit’s House
3. A Little Dolphin Dreamin’
2. Party Time
3. Just Listen