Q (7/95, p.128) - 3 Stars - Good - "...an immaculate...record, with some catchy new tunes and some typically wry, intelligent playing from both performers."
Personnel: Lee Ritenour (organ, synthesizer, guitar, bass, programming), Larry Carlton (keyboards, guitar), Larry Williams (tenor saxophone, synthesizer), Jerry Hey, Gary Grant (trumpet, flugelhorn), Bill Reichenbach (trombone), Greg Phillinganes, Dave Witham, Rick Jackson (keyboards), Melvin Davis (bass), Omar Hakim, Harvey Mason (drums), Cassio Duarte (percussion).
Producers: Lee Ritenour (tracks 1-3, 5, 7, 9); Larry Carlton (tracks 4, 6, 8, 10-11).
Recorded at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, California; Starlight Studios, Malibu, California; Larry Carlton's Studio, Canyon Country, California. Includes liner notes by George Varga.
All songs written by Lee Ritenour and/or Larry Carlton.
LARRY & LEE was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance.
Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour have had parallel careers, but this CD is their first joint meeting on record. The two guitarists complement each other well and there are hints of Wes Montgomery along with a tribute to Joe Pass ("Remembering J.P."), but the songs (all of them their originals) are little more than rhythmic grooves most of the time with the usual fadeouts. The consistently lightweight music is reasonably pleasing but never too stimulating. ~ Scott Yanow