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Not to be confused with the Russ Freeman who played with Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan in the '50s. This Russ Freeman works often with The Rippingtons and makes competent fusion and pop-based works like this album. Some nice playing, but the compositions are routine, as is the production.


Born: 11 February 1960 in Galveston, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Pianist Russ Freeman -- not to be confused with the guitarist/leader of the Rippingtons -- was better known as a sideman than a leader, but he was an important collaborator with both Chet Baker and Shelly Manne, leaving his mark on two of the most celebrated bodies of work in West Coast cool jazz. Classically trained as a child, Freeman began making a name for himself on the West Coast jazz scene in the mid-'40s, playing mostly with bebop-oriented groups. During this period, he worked with Howard...
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