I’ve been waiting to lay ears on this one for awhile. Guitarist Lee Ritenour is in the spotlight with a brand new project that brings some of this genre’s A-list players together alongside some promising newcomers. Talk about star power…this album features guest appearances by Chick Corea, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller, Christian McBride and many others. Also appearing throughout the record are the winners of Lee Ritenour’s 2012 Rhythm Section Competition, an international event he launched in 2009 as a guitar competition and later expanded to include up-and-coming keyboardists, bassists and percussionists. The competition winners appearing on the album include keyboardist Hans de Wild from Holland, pianist Demetrius Nabors from Michigan, bassist Michael Feinberg from New York, and drummer Selim Munir from Turkey. The album also features Ritenour’s 19-year-old son Wesley, who is an aspiring drummer in his own right on one of the tracks. Lee says, “I wanted to bring as many voices as possible into this record – some well established, some brand new, and tie it all together with the guitar sound that I feel has become my trademark.” Listen out for your opportunity to pick up Lee Ritenour’s “Rhythm Sessions,” our CD of the month here on WEAA.