To experience the contemporary jazz stylings of The Rippingtons is like taking a colorful and adventurous journey. Several Rippingtons albums have been inspired by the travels of founder, producer and creative force Russ Freeman, with titles like “Tourist in Paradise,” “Kilimanjaro,” and “Weekend in Monaco.” Collectively, their recordings have formed the life soundtrack for hundreds of thousands of contemporary jazz fans worldwide.
The Rippingtons were founded by guitarist/composer Freeman in 1986, at the dawn of the format that became known as smooth jazz. Jonathan Widran of JazzMonthly.com says, “Freeman’s incredible melodies and acoustic and electric playing . . . have been among the most consistently appealing mainstays in the genre’s rich history, meaning that fans can always count on the latest Rippingtons project to be a winner.” The same goes for their live performances, which display the musical mastery and creative energy of these true virtuosos in their field.
After 25 years and 18 studio albums, this Grammy-nominated powerhouse band continues to break new ground. On their last CD, Freeman and the Ripps took fans on the trip of a lifetime to the “Cote d’Azur.” Next time out, who knows? Freeman’s musical passport still has lot of open space to be stamped, and the journey continues.
Prepare to be transported by the music of The Rippingtons, who continue to refresh and redefine the genre of contemporary jazz. You’ll be glad you took the trip.
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