10 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After 30 years together, The Rippingtons are smoother than ever. “Wild Tales” pulls you into an exotic groove as Russ Freeman laces the rhythm with Latin guitar. With a balanced serving of seduction (“Flamenco Beach” and “Wonderland”), tenderness (“True Stories”), and timeless R&B (“My Promise to You”), the Ripps’ latest belongs with their classic works.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After 30 years together, The Rippingtons are smoother than ever. “Wild Tales” pulls you into an exotic groove as Russ Freeman laces the rhythm with Latin guitar. With a balanced serving of seduction (“Flamenco Beach” and “Wonderland”), tenderness (“True Stories”), and timeless R&B (“My Promise to You”), the Ripps’ latest belongs with their classic works.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

39 Ratings

SmoothJazz.com Review

SandyShore,

With the release of the ultra-melodic, super high energy and daringly eclectic TRUE STORIES, The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman celebrate an amazing thirty years (and 22 albums!) as a seminal force in contemporary jazz – while finding fresh ways to move the genre forward. The GRAMMY nominated ensemble, launched by the guitarist/composer in the mid-80s, comes full circle with new tracks featuring the soulful, lyrical vibe of original saxophonist Brandon Fields. Beyond the trademark soaring pop/rock funk fusion the band is known for, the collection features a powerful flamenco venture into the Spanish tradition of Andalusia, a return visit from R&B great Jeffrey Osborne and the band’s first ever extended drum solo by Dave Karasony. No lie – these TRUE STORIES will keep Ripps fans as riveted as ever! ~Jonathan Widran

Very Good!

mickeb,

Good to hear the Ripps are back almost... I feel the sound is void of percussion which made it so full and rich in the past.

About 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. 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 Rippingtons released the South of France-inspired Côte d'Azur, followed two years later by Built to Last. The band's 20th studio album, Fountain of Youth, appeared in 2014. In 2016, the Rippingtons celebrated their 30th anniversary with the release of True Stories, which featured the return of original member, saxophonist Brandon Fields. ~ Scott Yanow

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • FORMED
    1987

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