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The Rippingtons

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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
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Albums by
The Rippingtons

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    True Stories

    10 songs

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    Fountain of Youth

    16 songs

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    Built to Last

    13 songs

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    Wild Card

    11 songs

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    Let It Ripp

    11 songs

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    Life in the Tropics

    10 songs

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    Topaz

    11 songs

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    Black Diamond

    10 songs

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    Welcome to the St. James' Club

    9 songs

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    Weekend in Monaco

    9 songs

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    Curves Ahead

    9 songs

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    Kilimanjaro

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    Moonlighting

    9 songs

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    Tourist in Paradise

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    Wild Tales

    1 song

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    North Shore (feat. Russ Freeman)

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    20th Anniversary

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    The Best of the Rippingtons

    14 songs

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    Live! Across America

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    Live in L.A.

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    Modern Art

    9 songs

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    Black Diamond


Top Songs by
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  2.   Caribbean Breeze featuring Dave Hooper
  3.   Aspen by Russ Freeman
  4.   Summer Lovers by Russ Freeman
  5.   Tourist in Paradise
  6.   Intimate Strangers
  7.   Wild Tales by Russ Freeman
  8.   Snowbound
  9.   My Promise To You by Jeffrey Osborne
  10.   She Likes to Watch
  11.   Northern Lights
  12.   Angela
  13.   Gypsy Eyes by Russ Freeman
  14.   North Shore
  15.   Fountain of Youth
  16.   American Panorama
  17.   Hotel Deville
  18.   Cougars & Gigolos
  19.   Black Oak
  20.   Wild Tales
  21.   Moonlighting
  22.   Paris Groove
  23.   In Another Life
  24.   Destiny
  25.   Earthbound
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Stations & Shows Featuring
The Rippingtons

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    Smooth Jazz Instrumentals


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