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Russ Freeman

Guitarist Russ Freeman originally conceived of the Rippingtons as a changing lineup of strong contemporary jazz musicians. After releasing his debut solo album, Nocturnal Playground, in 1985, Freeman assembled the first version of the band, which featured David Benoit on piano and Brandon Fields, Dave Koz, and Kenny G on saxophones, for the appropriately titled Moonlighting (1986). Kilimanjaro, the first Rippingtons album to break into the pop charts, followed in 1988. As of 1989's Tourist in Paradise, the group was contracted to the GRP label. 1990's Welcome to the St. James Club and 1991's Curves Ahead both topped the contemporary jazz best-seller charts, and 1992's Weekend in Monaco was also a popular release. By 1993, the Rippingtons had solidified into a steady six-piece group including Freeman, Dave Kochanski on keyboards, Jeff Kashiwa on saxophone, Kim Stone on bass, Tony Morales on drums, and Steve Reid on percussion. That year saw the release of Live in L.A. In 1994, Freeman teamed with old partner David Benoit for The Benoit/Freeman Project and later in the year came Sahara, which altered the band's billing from "The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman" to "Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons." In 1995, Freeman released a solo Christmas album, Holiday, followed by the eighth Rippingtons album, Brave New World, in 1995. ~ William Ruhlmann
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This is a great remake to a Grover Washington "classic". Thanks, Pandora.
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As always. Thanks to you Pandora.
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Has been putting it down for a long time. Quality all the way. Thanks Mr. Freeman.
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Man! Would so love the Rippingtons to come to the Raleigh, North Carolina area! Best Jazz ever!!
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Come back to San Antonio!..wo n d e r f u l memories of concerts with family..thre e generations love your music!..
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Smooth, I've been listening to you back in the Rippling, days and now that you've broke away you're living the dream. "Jam" On
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wittdl42
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Had the great fortune of suggesting and encouraging the Rippingtons to visit our pristine Finger Lakes region in New York. The lakes and grapes shook with delight as tunes soared into the summer skies. My favorite driving music of all time. Upstate NY loves you. Hurry back!
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themart9
Wish the Ripps would come to Albuquerque!
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I agree with the too much finger snapping. Other than that , it was great.
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marty.bass
Always been one of my favorites. Ripp IT!!!!
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yoadrianyoja n i c e 1
MR DAY. Finger. snapping. All the
Clicking. Is. annoying.
Are. You. On. The. Move ? I hope
So. Talk. Later
Stage. Left
Junior. .
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That early morning sound of smooth jazz, playing in the background, has that soothing effect, that puts your body and mind at ease
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yoadrianyoja n i c e 1
MR. DAY. DAY. I. Really. Did. Send
Pics. Bad. Boy. A. Note. It
Disappered. In. To. No. Where
I'll. try. Again. This. Really. Worse
Than. Pulling. Teeth. Check. It
Out.noones. Fault. Try. To. Keep
Still. No. Road. Trips
Stage. Left
J
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Sweet
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smooth with a taste of funk
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Russ the song title says it .......all very Nice
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Nice!!!!
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One of the most entraining band's I've seen. If you every have a chance to see they, GO its wroth the Time.
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From where Music comes they play irresistible
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A unique sound!..the sound you can almost see!!
(el sonido q casi se puede ver)
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johnmargie6
I'm hooked!
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I'm pretty sure I'm in love.
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My favorite all time band for > 20 years!
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A scented candle lit and a glass of wine sit back and relax.
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joseph.nizni k 5 9
I could listen to Russ & the Rips all day long...
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The Rippingtons and Russ Freeman one of the best concerts of all time.
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bakkacorpora t i o n
Russ is new to me as a Jazz artist but I love the way he incorporates all the artist on his sound tracks. A sign of a Man who has matured in Perfecting his Craft
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Mr. Russ. Freeman. (. Soul. Dance. )
None. Other.
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themart9
So smooth, very nice!
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Russ, where in the hell have you been?
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Their songs have a "mysticism" feel to them. Like a positive ending to an ending of a good action flick!!!
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DRIVE is his best stuff
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This man and the rippingtons are awesome! :-)
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mellow!
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Get no better than this.
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Very nice
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Smooth cut big fan of freeman
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Jazz Aficionados take the journey to explicitness .
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Smooth as smooth can be
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I'm diggin the horn keyboards. But the strings are soul peeving.love it.
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philmcneary7 7 7
So smooth by Russ, wow!
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jpuglin
Relaxing. Smooth.
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bigkhans9, I believe it is Dave Koz. This is a real nice album by Russ.
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Nice
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Who's playing the horn on this piece? It sounds like Chris Botti.
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Looking forward to seeing Russ Freeman at the Jazz Festival - Whistler Jazz on the Mountain. Check out the video http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = k w v 3 0 2 a G - G Y
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Very nice, smooth and mellow ;)
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A tremendous talent! His music carries me to other places and times
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rip140
The Best Ever :)
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