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The Rippingtons

One of the most popular groups in what is loosely termed "contemporary jazz," the Rippingtons were formed (and have been led ever since) by guitarist/keyboardist Russ Freeman (no relation to the veteran West Coast bop pianist of the same name). Freeman (born February 11, 1960, in Nashville) studied at Cal Arts and UCLA, and recorded Nocturnal Playground as a leader in 1985 for the Brainchild label, a one-man project. In 1987, he was approached to record for the Japanese Alfa label and came up with the Rippingtons name for the all-star group he used on the disc (Moonlighting), an ensemble featuring David Benoit, Kenny G., and Brandon Fields. Their album was released domestically by Passport and became a hit. Freeman soon formed a regular touring band (usually including saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa, bassist Kim Stone, drummer Tony Morales, and percussionist Steve Reid), cut a second disc for Passport, and the group recorded regularly for GRP. Russ Freeman writes all of the music for the Rippingtons, much of which falls in the pop/R&B genre. In the late '90s, the group moved over to the Windham Hill label, recording such albums as Black Diamond (1997), Topaz (1999), Live! Across America, and Life in the Tropics (both in 2000). For 2003's Let It Ripp, the band relied heavily on their horn section to carry the weight of the album. The Latin-flavored Wild Card followed in 2005. The band returned in 2009 with Modern Art. In 2011, The Rippington's released the South of France inspired Côte D'azur. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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csloftus
Wow!!!!! Love 'em
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One of my personal Jazz favorites, the amazing Rippingtons. Another great ensemble I was so blessed to experience live in concert, back in my college days!
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Yes very talented group good mixture all great contributors .
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Chante Moore
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The vocalist sounds like Chantelle Moore in this song
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Love them! Great rendition of Aretha Franklin's song!
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Great performers.
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Love this group....go way back simply beautiful.
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Yes, the amazing Rippingtons bringing some great memories of my experience at one of their live performances which I had the blessing to attend back in the day!
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My favorite contemporary Jazz band/artist. Russ Freeman's one man show lately. Topaz is my go-to album.
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That voice sounds like Chante' Moore!!
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CURVES AHEAD is one of those tunes I was greatly blessed to enjoy performed live at one of The Rippingtons concert appearances which I happened to attend back in my college years!
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yoadrianyoja n i c e 1
MR. DAY. DAY. :
Check. On. Live. Across. America
On. Album. Cover. Didn't. See
Live. Across . America. Right. Here
Rippingtons. .
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yoadrianyoja n i c e 1
MR. DAY. DAY. :
I. Was. Coming. To. Look. For. You
I. Don't. Believe. You. Unlucky
Honey. Bun. Not. MR. DAY. DAY
My. Tight. Friend. I. Look. Up. To
You You're. Talented. Full. Of
Class. Poise. DAY. DAY. You
Have. Everything. You. Need
You. Know. How. You. Talk. To
Me. Enough. Enough. DAY
Just. Let. Me. Know. When
You're. Leaving. I. Will. Try
Not. To. Worry. Take. Care
Be. Careful. Kid. Make
Music. Music. Music
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Fountain of Youth is great. love these guys.
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Yes, The Rippingtons, another amazing band I had the blessing to enjoy, live in concert, back then during my college years!
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yogawriter
One of the best jazz ensembles of all time. I love their edgy, nocturnal sound.
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fmorelli
By far one of the best smooth jazz ensembles. Consistently wonderful chops and great musicianship .
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This group is in a class ALL by themselves! So many different styles and soo many gifted musicians. I have listen to them for years and had the opportunity to see them live in Mobile, AL at the Saenger Theater. AWESOME SHOW!!!!!
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yoadrianyoja n i c e 1
Good. Morning. MR. DAY. DAY. :
Thank. You. For. The. Birthday
Greeting. My. Birthday. Was
2- 13- 2015
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bigcityballe r
While in the USAF stationed in The Netherlands, I hosted a jazz radio show on the Canadian Forces Radio Network (CFNB). Curves Ahead was my theme song. Good times!
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GREAT GROUP IN STUDIO & LIVE!!!!!
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jplaut08
Such a sexy sound...alwa y s gets my heart pounding!
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yoadrianyoja n i c e 1
Hi. MR. DAY. DAY. :
What's. Up. On. This. Beautiful
Afternoon. Life. Is. Good. To. Go
I. Looked. For. Daughters. Mayer
Was. Not. The. Right.one. Back
To. The. Drawing. Board. I'm
Trying. To. Find. Something. Cool
Stage. Left
Junior
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Love the group
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They were at the forefront of the smooth jazz movement, I use to listen to the Weather Channel, just to hear their music, loved it then, as I do today, outstanding super group
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Ugh nothing like smooth jazz for a nights sleep ❤️
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Russ Freeman terrific
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Love their music. Met them at the Newport Beach Jazz festival.
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fmjckson
I remember back in the 80's while in the navy and we were on patrol, the first time hearing the Rippingtons. Completely fell in love with the style and music. Have been a follower every since. Thanks for bringing us such wonderful sounds. The Ripps is truly a class act.
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Their music, like a fine wine, get's better with time, a sound that will last forever, fantastic music
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Love this group. They have a great sound.
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Awesome Group
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I was lucky enough to be working at a place called Metropol in 1989 in Pittsburgh and these guys played there...they came back 2/3 more times over the next few years and I fell in love with their music from the beginning.. Steve Reid became a friend of mine and I miss him playing with the guys these days..I try to see them every time they come to south Fla..... it's such feel good music
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yoadrianyoja n i c e 1
Good. Morning. MR. DAY. DAY. :
I. Did. Ask. Fo. Permission. Ha. Ha
You. May. Have. It. Back. I. Will
Raise. My. Hand. Hang. Tuff
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Back in the day I went to the Circle Star in San Francisco to see some band, I don't even remember. The Rippingtons opened the show. I could have left when they finished and been a happy guy. I've loved them ever since.
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thats what i'm talking about, great music, the Ripps
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Heard the live version of Weekend in Monaco on CD101.9 in 1993 (back when NYC had a smooth jazz radio station). Thought, Wow, who was that? I love that sound! Now, over 20 years later, Live In L.A. is still my all-time favorite disc. It's still in my old-school CD rack, along with nearly the entire Ripps collection. It's always the first thing I punch up on my MP3 player when I want to play something that makes you feel good. Those guys are ripping. They're the Rippingtons!
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These Rippingtons are ripping up a Fan-tas-tic sound!!! Outstanding musicians!
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one of the best cd's ever. one of the best bands ever. simply cannot get enough!!
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So nice on a lazy Margarita Sunday a great book ....great music & air conditioning It is 110.
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What can we do to get Smooth Jazz back on mainstream radio? Please tell me.
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Very smooth, almost like the caress of a warm island breeze across your cheek.
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Bought their 1st album in 1989 and now have all of their albums. Saw them live at a free outdoor concert in Boston. That is when Boston had only one smooth jazz station. That station is talk radio now. Thank god for Pandora otherwise I would be living in a smooth jazz desert in New England. Love the Rippingtons.
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Je viens de les decouvrir sur Pandora.com en ecoutant une de mes radio preferees Azymuth radio, nice groove for the morning here in Sydney Australia, anybody knows if the're touring the world at the moment by any chance?
G-TWIGG
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Really nice Groove!
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got my first taste of the Rippingtons in 2003 I was overseas and in the Army PX I found a CD that caught my eye, been loving them ever since.
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cyn48jac
love the music
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love the sound and wish they would tour to NM!
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Love the music ,even in the northern part of New Zealand cheers. Nick
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