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The Best of the Rippingtons

The Rippingtons

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Album Review

Under the direction of Russ Freeman (equally skilled as a guitarist and as a keyboardist), the Rippingtons succeeded in combining jazz-influenced solos with light, funky rhythms and pop sensibilities. This particular CD has selections from eight of the group's GRP recordings, plus a pair of previously unreleased tracks ("Garden of Babylon" and "Sapphire Island") newly created for the sampler. With notable contributions from Freeman's longtime rhythm section and such saxophonists as Kenny G. (heard on "She Likes to Watch"), Brandon Fields, Eric Marienthal, Kirk Whalum, and Jeff Kashiwa, the CD acts as both a definitive sampling of the band's history and as an introduction to their accessible music. The results overall are typically lightweight but reasonably enjoyable, with some fiery moments giving variety to the high-quality pop music.

Customer Reviews

Very Listenable + Some Serious Chops!

This is the first "Smooth Jass" type album I ever bought, and I now find myself buying everything that the Rippingtons have available on iTunes. The compositions are interesting without exception, and the playing is first rate! Enjoy!

Absolutely Wonderful

This has to be one of the coolest bands ever!! Check out their videos on YouTube. I've actually never seen anyone have more fun.

Classic Rippingtons

This is a must own if you are a Rippingtons lover. Disregard the adolescent nay-sayers- Just don't listen to it, or country or whatever you don't like.


Formed: 1987

Genre: Jazz

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

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...
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