6 String theory (2010)

Ritenour. Lee (Concord Records, 0888072319110)

2010 marks 50 years since Lee Ritenour starting playing the guitar, setting in motion a career that legends are made of. A career that has earned him 19 GRAMMY® nominations, a GRAMMY Award, numerous #1 spots on guitar polls, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian SJ Awards, and the prestigious “Alumnus of the Year” award from USC. During his career, he has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs and was a founding member of the group Fourplay, considered the most successful group in contemporary jazz. As a young guitarist his diverse musical style became the foundation of over 3,000 sessions, covering a broad spectrum of artists ranging from his first session at 16 with the Mamas and Papas, to Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Simon & Garfunkel and Frank Sinatra. On his latest endeavor, 6 String Theory, Ritenour celebrates the instrument that has allowed him this blessing, the guitar; —by producing and assembling a star-studded tribute with the greatest and soon- to- be greatest guitarists of our time.

Set for release on Concord Records /Monster Music on June 29, 2010, for 6 String Theory, Ritenour is also among the twenty legendary world class guitarists starring on the recording, which he produced along with John Burk of the Concord Music Group. Joining him in this tribute to the guitar, the all-star line-up includes: George Benson, BB King, Slash, Steve Lukather, John Scofield, Robert Cray and Vince Gill among many other superstars. Blending rock, blues, jazz, acoustic, country and classical, they come together for a seamless project that promises to take the listener on a musical journey and exploration of the guitar. Also featured on vocals are BB King, Robert Cray, Vince Gill, Keb’ Mo’, Taj Majal, Joe Bonamassa and Jonny Lang.


  1. Lay it down (Lee Ritenour)
  2. Am I wrong (Kevin Moore)
  3. L.P. (for Les Paul) (Lee Ritenour)
  4. Give me one reason (Tracy Chapman)
  5. 68 (Steve Lukather)
  6. In your dreams (Lee Ritenour, Steve Lukather)
  7. My one and only love (Robert Mellin, Guy Wood))
  8. Moon river (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer)
  9. Why I sing the blues (B.B. King, Dace Clark)
  10. Daddy Longlicks (Joe Robinson)
  11. Shape of my heart (Sting, Dominic Miller)
  12. Drifting (Andy McKee)
  13. Freeway jam (Max Middleton)
  14. Fives (Guthrie Govan)
  15. Caprices, op. 20, no. 2 and 7 (Luigi Legnani)


John Beasley - Keyboards, Fender Rhodes
George Benson - Guitar, Arranger
Joe Bonamassa - Guitar, Arranger, Vocals
Shon Boublil - Guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta - Drums
Robert Cray - Guitar, Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa - Percussion
Melvin Lee Davis - Bass
Joey DeFrancesco - Organ
Nathan East - Bass
Vince Gill - Guitar, Vocals
Larry Goldings - Organ, Clavinet, Fender Rhodes
Guthrie Govan - Guitar, Arranger, Composer
Tomoyasu Hotei - Guitar
Keb' Mo' - Guitar, Arranger, Composer, Vocals
Will Kennedy - Drums
B.B. King - Guitar, Composer, Vocals, Engineer
Jonny Lang - Guitar, Vocals
Steve Lukather - Guitar (5, 6, 11), Arranger, Composer, Guitar (Electric), Producer
Angela Magliocca - Strings
Taj Mahal - Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Pat Martino - Guitar
Harvey Mason, Sr. - Drums
Andy McKee - Guitar, Arranger, Composer, Guitar (Steel)
Simon Phillips - Drums
Lee Ritenour - Guitar, Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Editing, Guitar (Electric Nylon String), Pro-Tools, Quotation Author
Neal Schon - Guitar
John Scofield - Guitar
Slash - Guitar
Mike Stern - Guitar
Tal Wilkenfeld - Bass