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Craig Chaquico and Russ Freeman

Guitarist Russ Freeman originally conceived of the Rippingtons as a changing lineup of strong contemporary jazz musicians. After releasing his debut solo album, Nocturnal Playground, in 1985, Freeman assembled the first version of the band, which featured David Benoit on piano and Brandon Fields, Dave Koz, and Kenny G on saxophones, for the appropriately titled Moonlighting (1986). Kilimanjaro, the first Rippingtons album to break into the pop charts, followed in 1988. As of 1989's Tourist in Paradise, the group was contracted to the GRP label. 1990's Welcome to the St. James Club and 1991's Curves Ahead both topped the contemporary jazz best-seller charts, and 1992's Weekend in Monaco was also a popular release. By 1993, the Rippingtons had solidified into a steady six-piece group including Freeman, Dave Kochanski on keyboards, Jeff Kashiwa on saxophone, Kim Stone on bass, Tony Morales on drums, and Steve Reid on percussion. That year saw the release of Live in L.A. In 1994, Freeman teamed with old partner David Benoit for The Benoit/Freeman Project and later in the year came Sahara, which altered the band's billing from "The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman" to "Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons." In 1995, Freeman released a solo Christmas album, Holiday, followed by the eighth Rippingtons album, Brave New World, in 1995. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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They make beautiful music together. God how I Love good Jazz.
great album
I love Craig Chaquico!
Was fortunate indeed to meet Russ Freeman and the Ripps at a CD Signing party, Raleigh, NC 1989. Then, that evening at the State Park In Cary, NC (Just down the road) for a FREE Outdoor Evening Concert... Featuring their latest CD, Tourist In Paradise... Got to say, LIVE that night was just as spectacular as the recording. Actually, more so. Between Russ's beautiful lead guitar and Steve Reid's percussion Cage thrilling performance, the entire show remains at the 'Top' of my Fav Concerts!
poochsaver
Check their massive discography, bfitzer8. The latest album was released in 2014.
bfitzer8
have the Rippington's done anything since 1995? that is a long time ago
thats a nice bio if you are Russ Freeman...wh a t about Chaquico who stands on even ground w/ Freeman??
Whenever I hear this track it makes me smile
OUTSTANDING. . .
janisneville
I love the sounds of the Rippingtons and Craig Chaquico
I had a lot of mid 80s to later Rippingtons and I have 2 Chaquico albums, but its still a part of my mid 20s sound.
Love that Guitar work nice and smooth
I love Craig Chaquio's Smooth Jazz as well as his Jefferson Starship guitar work. All the Rippington's stuff is awesome- keep it up Russ
Dclark196577 @ g m a i l . c o m - JUST NICE ! ! !
I like this cut SDL.. nice like that...;-)
IT IS SO NICE TO RELAX WITH CRAIG'S INSPIRATIONS . ROTALA
Freeman is a virtuoso at writing, directing and managing the Ripping tons!!!
sjg1984
Very disappointed that there is no mention of Craig in the bio…Not only a great musician but a great person…If you like “From to Redwoods…” , check out Craig’s “Acoustic Highway” amazing album.
terrytrice57
These guys are some of the most very talented jazz musicians of their day!
Brilliant!!! What a Great pair of Musicians!!! Very Relaxing music cruising along the coast line!!!
love to hear this music first thing in the morning, gets me in the right mood to face the people and day in the right frame of mind!!!!.
838902386

Thank you for your in put 5placesgo
Two superstars coming together, excellent idea on both World Class Musicians parts.
I just love it ) Great Music
This will be on my iPod when I'm walking On a beach in Maui!!!
I've had this CD for years and love it. It never gets old. Russ Freeman is amazing as is Craig Chaquico.
weldoc52
What happened to info on Craig C. ? This is a two-man effort!!
..another great reason why i listen to jazz.....but like others have said ,Pandora needs to do the right bio for the song that they're playing....n o t a copy an paste form from one to another.Just sayin'.
patrick.roeb u c k
I've been a fan of the Rippingtons and Russ for a while; however, I'm kind of shocked that Craig Chaquico didn't get any mention in the bio associated with this JOINT project, since I'm also a long time fan of his work too. It looks like someone at Pandora just pasted Russ's bio and didn't bother to do Craig the courtesy of doing the same with his... Come on Pandora! I'm a big fan of you guys too ... how about taking a few minutes and add Craig's picture and bio too.
Beautiful, I just love it when 2 really good artists get together to make an album! : ) I love their song Riders Of The Ancient Winds....the guitars in that one is GORGEOUS!!!
Everytime I hear this song I picture myself on the beach, cold drink, hot sun, best of friends..... . .
Lv it
Vary fine Rare Purchase
Hello... Pandora? I think your content monkeys pasted the wrong AMG entry into this bio page. Nowhere in the description is Chaquico even mentioned. Step away from the doob and focus on the content, 'kay?
I have this CD and have listened to it alot over the years.
love your music. I have every cd you guys have made. Waitig for the next one. I hope it is soon.
tommymott8
As a long time listener to contemporary jazz and as one who lost the South Florida Smooth Jazz radio station, Pandora has made my smoothings happy again! This is Love!
raymacey
Absolutely The BEST!! smooth jazz station!!! Listen to it all the time.
I first discovered Pandora on a Continental flight to Houston in 2004 - there was a blurb in the airline magazine about the Music Genome project and how that data was being morphed into a brand new music offering. Hooked ever since! It's how I found The Rippingtons and many others.
5placesgo
thanks Pandora for all this..the interesting tidbit on where these artists that i had no idea were once affiliated with each other. Bose told me about Pandora ..and wow how turned on i am to it!The Best!
gartside9
Craig played w/ Jefferson Starship.
nice
kmay63
I have never heard of this artist, but I must say that this is great music...
Agree with Stock Pundit and Dr Michael Roth, below. Freeman is exceptional at keying in with other artists, yet still remains exclusive in his own right and above-board. For me as well, big vote of thanks to Pandora. I have 82 stations on their nut and love every bit of it. Way to go, guys! 12 of my family and friends now listen to Pandora since my suggestions.
kkanyagui
He is great!
Russ is an excellent musician and collaborates with the best of them without a hint of one-upsmansh i p .
Have had the opportunity to see Russ and the Rippingtons twice and each time their performance was stellar. Looking forward to more great music.
stockpundits
it's amazing how many GREAT recording artists have been associated with this group over the years. i would love to have the opportunity to see them in person.

and thanks to pandora for putting together all this GREAT music. receiving the link to PANDORA was the best e-mail i ever received. there are none better than PANDORA. keep up the wonderful work.

p.s. i have turned numerous people on to PANDORA and they can<'t stop thanking me.

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