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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Russ Freeman probably had no clue that he was starting a revolution when he put together a new band called the Rippingtons in 1986, but the advent of smooth jazz can be directly traced to the release of that band's debut Moonlighting album the following year. Some jazz purists may never forgive him for that, but Freeman and the group, having weathered numerous personnel changes, still reign within the genre and have every reason to celebrate. Hence this 20th Anniversary CD/DVD package, which finds Freeman, the guitarist/keyboardist who has been the sole mainstay throughout the decades, calling on a virtual army of past and present members to assist him in creating a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Russ Freeman probably had no clue that he was starting a revolution when he put together a new band called the Rippingtons in 1986, but the advent of smooth jazz can be directly traced to the release of that band's debut Moonlighting album the following year. Some jazz purists may never forgive him for that, but Freeman and the group, having weathered numerous personnel changes, still reign within the genre and have every reason to celebrate. Hence this 20th Anniversary CD/DVD package, which finds Freeman, the guitarist/keyboardist who has been the sole mainstay throughout the decades, calling on a virtual army of past and present members to assist him in creating a fitting monument to his accomplishments. The legions who've followed the Rippingtons will know what to expect here: impeccably performed, perfectly enjoyable, occasionally stimulating pop-jazz without an out-of-place atonal squawk or honk in sight. What makes 20th Anniversary a standout is the parade of guests, among them most of the Moonlighting crew except, thankfully, for Kenny G. -- pianist David Benoit, drummer Tony Morales, saxophonist Brandon Fields, and percussionist Steve Reid -- and visiting saxophonists Dave Koz and Kirk Whalum, both of whom bring their distinctive wails to Freeman's compositions. Although the album is largely instrumental, a few vocalists, including Patti Austin and Jeffrey Osborne, take turns, and Brian McKnight has virtually all of the track "Anything" to himself, save for Freeman's classical guitar. It is, in the end, Freeman's guitar work that remains the main draw, though: technically proficient, he always manages to bring an emotionalism, albeit sometimes muted, to the proceedings, even if he sometimes seems as if he's aching to break out and try something truly daring and never quite does. One oddball moment: track 11, simply titled "A 20th Anniversary Bonus," suddenly and inexplicably morphs into the Spinners' '70s R&B hit "I'll Be Around," sung by Osborne, before the CD closes out. A separate retrospective DVD accompanies the audio disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2006
  • Label: Peak Records
  • UPC: 888072300002
  • Catalog Number: 30000
  • Sales rank: 16,546

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 City of Angels (5:05)
  2. 2 Celebrate (4:43)
  3. 3 Costa del Sol (4:19)
  4. 4 Bingo Jingo (4:42)
  5. 5 Eternity (4:26)
  6. 6 Six Four (4:02)
  7. 7 Rainbow (4:29)
  8. 8 Twenty (3:56)
  9. 9 Anything (4:26)
  10. 10 A Kiss Under the Moonlight (4:08)
  11. 11 A 20th Anniversary Bonus (5:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 20th Anniversary Retrospective
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rippingtons Primary Artist
Patti Austin Vocals
Gregg Karukas Piano, Keyboards
Dave Koz Soprano Saxophone
Steve Reid Percussion
Brian McKnight Multi Instruments
David Benoit Piano
Brandon Fields Saxophone
Gary Grant Trumpet
Bill Heller Organ, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Dave Karasony Drums
Jeff Kashiwa Saxophone
Eric Marienthal Saxophone
Tony Morales Drums
Jeffrey Osborne Vocals
Kim Stone Bass
Kirk Whalum Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Jimmy Johnson Bass
Russ Freeman Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer Guitar, Classical Guitar
Technical Credits
Gregg Karukas Arranger
Brian McKnight Composer, Producer
Steve Sykes Engineer
Mark Wexler Executive Producer
Bill Mayer Illustrations
Andi Howard Executive Producer
Marko Ruffalo Engineer
Chris Wood Engineer
Russ Freeman Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Author
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect Smooth Jazz collection

    If you are looking to get the best smooth jazz, look no further. This is a very well designed CD/DVD package and covers Rippingtons pioneering 20 year history. For fans new or old, it's a great buy.

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