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Black Diamond
     

Black Diamond

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by The Rippingtons
 

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After nearly a decade at GRP Records, smooth jazz's premier ensemble made a very successful switch to Windham Hill with this recording inspired by leader Russ Freeman's ski adventures in his adopted home of Colorado. Their tenth album continues the band's recent successful ventures into urban-flavored music while also showcasing Freeman's amazing talents for jazz and

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After nearly a decade at GRP Records, smooth jazz's premier ensemble made a very successful switch to Windham Hill with this recording inspired by leader Russ Freeman's ski adventures in his adopted home of Colorado. Their tenth album continues the band's recent successful ventures into urban-flavored music while also showcasing Freeman's amazing talents for jazz and flamenco guitar playing, in addition to his trademark classical guitar-influenced pop
ock sound. The collection is also a celebration of ten years of the smooth jazz format and the Rippingtons' instrumental role in creating music that helps define the genre's sound. The band weaves through the title track with a soaring, echoing guitar melody over a cool, shuffling hip-hop groove. Mark Williamson's spiritual-flavored chanting enhances the moody textures and funky, retro-soul vibe of the electric guitar-driven "Deep Powder," while the steamy, classical guitar-led "Seven Nights in Rome" finds the band looking down from the mountaintop, thoughtfully recounting the romantic ambience of a recent concert trip to Italy. "North Peak"'s slamming percussion approximates a speedy downhill race, but all that chill is more than balanced by the daring and exotic "Angelfire," which blends Freeman's colorful flamenco stylings and Arturo Sandoval's crackling trumpet.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/04/2009
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886974872627
catalogNumber:
748726
Rank:
35839

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Performance Credits

Rippingtons   Primary Artist
Steve Reid   Percussion
Jeff Kashiwa   Tenor Saxophone
Mark Ledford   Trumpet
Brian Moore   Guitar,12-string Bass Guitar
Kim Stone   Bass
Mark Williamson   Background Vocals
Dave Kochanski   Organ,Keyboards
Russ Freeman   Mandolin,Percussion,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Carl Griffin   Producer
Sonny Mediana   Art Direction
Paul Wickliffe   Engineer
Mark Williamson   Composer
Andi Howard   Executive Producer
Russ Freeman   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Contributor,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,drum programming,Rhythm Loops

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