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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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SmoothJazz.com Review

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!

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.

Sweet, unapologetic Rippingtons vibe

Good stuff and looking forward to sample the whole album. Well done Russ and the guys!

Biography

Formed: 1987 in Los Angeles, CA

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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