Lee Ritenour – A Twist of Marley

A Twist of MarleyA Twist of Marley
Lee Ritenour
by Ricky Miller

Lee Ritenour’s Twist of Jobim was a great tribute to a great musician. With a Twist of Marley he takes it to a different sphere with the same exciting results. The first track is the hard-hitting Exodus, featuring Michael Brecker on Sax and Lisa Fischer sounding like Randy Crawford. Maxi Priest sings lead on an uptempo I Shot The Sheriff, at times nimbly trading melody lines with Ritenour’s guitar. Get Up, Stand Up is REALLY jazzed up. With Dave Grusin on piano and no vocals, Ritenour does justice to the ‘anthem’ (There is also an R&B version that includes lyrics at the end of the CD).

Of course, no Marley collection can be complete without the ubiquitous Jammin’, performed in tandem with the silky-sweet sax of Gerald Albright. All in all Twist of Marley has 13 interpretations of a dozen of the great Rastafarian songs. Other artists featured on the album include Phil Perry, Will Downing, Rick Braun, Marc Antoine and MANY more. This is a must have for Marley fans and Ritenour fans alike.