Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin
Lee Ritenour met Dave Grusin when he the 19 years old guitar player in Sergio Mendes' Brasil 66. For fifty years they have recorded and played live since the early days of the Baked Potato.
During Ritenour's five-decade career, the LA guitarist has taken his music to every genre and occupying every position in the rock ‘n’ roll firmament. From ’70s fusion, a crossover star of the ’80s pop chart, an honorary exponent of Brazilian jazz, and the fingers behind ’90s supergroup, Fourplay. Ritenour’s accolades include: 45 albums, Grammy award winner, plus 16 Grammy nominations, Alumnus of the year at USC, Los Angeles’ Jazz Society Honoree (2019), plus thousands of sessions with legends such as Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, B.B. King, Tony Bennett, among others.
Dave Grusin has been a highly successful performer, producer, and composer. Aside from his jazz playing and recording he's known for his film and TV soundtrack compositions. He was the pianist for Andy Williams from 1959 to 1966, and then started his television composing career. Grusin recorded with Benny Goodman in 1960, and with a hard bop trio which included Milt Hinton and Don Lamond in the early '60s. Grusin did arrangements and recorded with Sarah Vaughan, Quincy Jones, and Carmen McRae in the early '70s. When playing electric keyboards with Gerry Mulligan and Lee Ritenour in the mid-'70s, he helped to establish GRP Records, one of the top contemporary jazz and fusion companies.