A Twist of Marley

Guitarist Lee Ritenour—a central force behind 1997's Antonio Carlos Jobim tribute, A Twist of Jobim—pays homage this time to reggae pioneer Bob Marley, who died 20 years ago in May.

Guitarist Lee Ritenour—a central force behind 1997's Antonio Carlos Jobim tribute, A Twist of Jobim—pays homage this time to reggae pioneer Bob Marley, who died 20 years ago in May. Longtime fan Ritenour has enlisted a diverse army of R&B, jazz, reggae, pop, and world artists to add their own nuanced shadings to a dozen Marley tunes. Among them are such classics as "Exodus" (Michael Brecker on sax, Lisa Fischer on vocals), "I Shot the Sheriff" (Maxi Priest on vocals), and "Jamming" (Gerald Albright on sax). Other standouts include Ritenour and piano man Dave Grusin's jazz-funked "Get Up Stand Up"; "Is This Love," sweetened by Will Downing's smoky, sensual baritone; and Phil Perry's smooth invitation to "Stir It Up." While not intended to make listeners forget the real thing, this fitting tribute will make them appreciate all the more the universality of Marley's music and lyrics.—GM