Berks Jazz Fest 2013: Lee Ritenour & Michael Lington

After an intermission, Lee Ritenour appeared with his excellent band. On drums was Sonny Emory, on bass the awesome Melvin Davis, and on keys Phil Davis, who had been added to the band very recently and did a great job. The show was opened by special guest Michael Lington on sax, who did a couple of his numbers first, one of them being "Pacifica" from his Stay With Me album, before Lee Ritenour came to the stage to do "Roadtrip", a song from Michael Lington's current album Pure they both did together, followed by Lee's classic "Night Rhythms" from his Festival album, featuring acoustic guitar. After that, Lee took over and played the title track from Wes Bound, keeping things jazzy with "Stolen Moments" after that, during this song, bass player Melvin Davis was featured on 7-string bass and vocals, showing considerable vocal prowess and improvisational skills. Next was a song from his current release Rhythms Sessions called "The Village", that brought more classic Lee guitar playing. Michael Lington came back to join the band for the last song, an extended version of the inevitable "Rio Funk" which was done in a very open and improvisational spirit, yielding exciting results. They came for one encore and did Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up", having the audience sing along. This was a very enjoyable concert by one of my musical heroes, supported by a killer band.