Guitarist Lee Ritenour began his career at the age of 16, playing on a recording with the Mamas and the Papas. Although he’s appeared on countless recordings as a session musician, Rinenour has also produced a solo discography of over 30 albums (his debut, FIRST COURSE, was released in 1976). The artist counts Wes Montgomery as a significant influence, and that comes across in his blues-inflected jazz playing, but Ritenour works in a variety of styles including fusion, funk, rock, Brazilian, and mainstream pop. Ritenour landed two chart hits in 1981 (“Is It You” and “Mr. Briefcase”), and has experimented and recorded extensively on synth guitar. In the 1990s Ritenour formed the smooth-jazz outfit Fourplay, but left the group in ’98 to resume his solo career.