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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, Rovi
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I'm pretty sure I'm in love.
My favorite all time band for > 20 years!
A scented candle lit and a glass of wine sit back and relax.
joseph.nizni k 5 9
I could listen to Russ & the Rips all day long...
The Rippingtons and Russ Freeman one of the best concerts of all time.
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
Mr. Russ. Freeman. (. Soul. Dance. )
None. Other.
themart9
So smooth, very nice!
Russ, where in the hell have you been?
Their songs have a "mysticism" feel to them. Like a positive ending to an ending of a good action flick!!!
DRIVE is his best stuff
This man and the rippingtons are awesome! :-)
mellow!
Get no better than this.
Very nice
Smooth cut big fan of freeman
Jazz Aficionados take the journey to explicitness .
Smooth as smooth can be
I'm diggin the horn keyboards. But the strings are soul peeving.love it.
philmcneary7 7 7
So smooth by Russ, wow!
jpuglin
Relaxing. Smooth.
bigkhans9, I believe it is Dave Koz. This is a real nice album by Russ.
Nice
Who's playing the horn on this piece? It sounds like Chris Botti.
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
Very nice, smooth and mellow ;)
A tremendous talent! His music carries me to other places and times
rip140
The Best Ever :)
ecwestbrook
Russ Freeman,GENI U S extraordinai r e , is my guitar hero. His music cuts to the soul of the souless, and touches the untouchable. T h a n k you Russ for sharing your love and passion with us, and may there be years to come.
rodfirez
remember when got hold of my first ripps cd
Russ Freeman started the Smooth Jazz genre,and continues to be a major force. Both he and Bob James have been able to find a workable formula for success and keep it going
My favorite. I own everything ever recorded.
classic smooth jazz
studio2700
very beautiful piece
clo.cynthia
JUST HEARDING THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME I LIKE IT, WILL BE LOOKING TO HEAR MORE FROM RUSS.
maya2maysa
WAY TO GO RUSS ! ! ! LUV THIS CD/TRACK
CHARMAINE
Have pretty much everything on this artist and group. Never lets you down and is always changing his music to reflect the times and places he's been.Startin g with Nocturnal Playgroung and going all the way up to the present with the 20th Anniversary CD or as I like to say "album".

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