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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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Great musicians!
otto226
I remember the many concerts at Thornton Winery in Temecula, CA as well as At The Hop in City of Industry. A continuous warm memory. Thank you Russ and all the ORIGIANL RIPPINGTONS, including Steve R. What a kick to see him work the women after the concert...
fgonzalez010 8 5 5
Good music thank GOD for the JAZZ
Very nice
I remember when Moolighting came out. I was like, who are these guys? They are great! Now, 27 years later, Russ Freeman and the Rippingtons play on!
What a unique sound you know it's The Rippingtons!
great stuff
gardenofmone y
ALWAYS TIGHT!
gardenofmone y
AH YEAH. SUCH A FUN ISLAND CARIBBEAN FEEL GROUP. THEY PRODUCE SOME INCREDIBLE MUSIC NOT TO MENTION THE MUSICIANS WHO ARE AWESOME ON THEIR OWN. RUSS FREEMAN IS THE BOMB!
The right wing 1 to 3 per cent do not want us to listen to mellow music. They want the youth to be mesmerized by the no talent rap music to dominate their lives and keep them as slaves to the system. The govt made crack and heroin so popular during the 70s and 80s to keep the masses non motivated.
Eternity sounds like Un-Break My Heart by Toni Braxton.
queendom7
Is that Chante Moore on vocals?
1st smooth jerz grp I ran into in 1990 in East Orange NJ with Moonlighting . Then came Kilimanjaro, C u r v e s Ahead,St James's Club,Live across America,20th Anniversary Solid live performances featuring David Benoit,Paul Taylor& Jeff Kashiwa.Soli d group.
I have been blessed to meet he Rippington's in person and see them almost every time they come to Cleveland/Ak r o n area! They are my favorite Jazz group and I love their music!!
Had the honour to experience their music live in concert, & WOW,they are exceptional indeed,great memories guys! :)
My favorite Rippington's album is Life In The Tropics. Check it out. There is a really good jazz program called Sunday Morning Jazz on Iheart radio. It's a San Antonio , Tx station 101.9 and comes on from 9:00 a.m until 12:00 p.m. central every Sunday morning. Cheers!
I I have liked this group for years. We here in L.A. thank fully have Padora for this Great Music. Thanks. Ben Cortez
ltkiser3
simply outstanding
...Rippingto n s . . . . . w a y cool music to hear on a Sunday morning.....
..all of us jazz lovers need to rally and wake 'em up and have 'em put the jazz back on the airwaves.... . . w e the people need to be the vocal majority not the silent minority.... d o n ' t let this go while just sitting down.....pla y the brass.....st r u m the strings..... . b a n g the drums to a jazzy beat........ .
..to all those that have lost a jazz station near you...its all the gov't fault...they ' v e replaced them with poopy stuff to remove all the pluses that jazz does to all of us and replace it with garbage music to stir us up.(Kock(sp) brothers) are behind it from what i've heard.Seen/h e a r d so many stations just gooff the air and replaced with poop stuff...
Great skiing music...
edalexx
PANDORA...yo u are the next galaxy phenomenon!
PANDORA is matchless in variety,gorg e o u s music...late nite,to daylight..my favorite
A Place for Lovers- favorite track
Damn good Sunday morning music if you ask me. Love those horns.
jcolon1264
Saw them at the Jersey Shore great concert
We have to get SJ back in the MAJOR markets. Some how and/or someway!!!
is this chante moore singing?
Reminds me of Unbreak My Heart by Toni Braxton.
I like this version of this song
sem1soup
Saw them in Jupiter Florida. Great!!!!!!
Nice.
What a band! I saw this group in San Juan Puerto Rico 15 years ago, awesome!
Live in L.A. what an albul
I've always appreciated the rippingtons over these years and looking forward for more of the nice nice music
carlos.rinco n 7
Delightful!
Black Diamond!
Smoooooooooo t h ! ! !
Why is this music not more in the limelight? Its so pure and should live forever. Its a shame that the airwaves can't support these great sounds. Thank you Pandora.
(con't)...fu n n y thing is this music genry isn't grating,vulg u r , r u d e or irritating tthe body or soul....but quite the opposite for not only me but the rest of us who love jazz..I would really love to find out who's really behind this......i have my suspisions(s p ) . . . . . . . t h e y ' r e replacing it with the opposite type music too bad for them when we all have jazz here on Pandora and other places...so shame on you who are trying to remove this great music....ain ' t gonna work,Skippy. . . a i n ' t gonna work.
Another great Rippingtons song..have almost all of their cd's.Roger blocke....i 've been witness to several jazz stations go bye-bye..... . S e a t t l e ' s KWJZ,Sacrame n t o ' s station(like you),San Fran's KKSF(was a long time listener when i use to live in thew Bay Area-went to many of their venues they put on throughout the Bay Area),the one short lived jazz station in Reno,NV...i know someone up high and mighty is doing this to all the jazz stations across this great country...ha s to be .(con't).
they are great in concert!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
That's my all time favorite jam : )
It's another miracle. Mikie likes it!!! I,m going to make a Rippington's station. DMB
rogerblocke
We lost our one and only Jazz station here in Northern California ( Sacramento) about 2 years ago also. I considered moving because of it. They replaced it with some Emo Alternative Rock/Pop station...
They still got it
Best contemporary jazz ever. I hope they come the Columbus Ohio area soon. :) We lost our only jazz station in the region about 2 + years ago. :(
Saw them live in Van Wert,Ohio January 2013, they just keep getting better
Mario
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