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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886974872627
  • Catalog Number: 748726
  • Sales rank: 19,539

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Black Diamond (4:46)
  2. 2 Deep Powder (6:16)
  3. 3 Seven Nights in Rome (5:05)
  4. 4 Soul Seeker (4:40)
  5. 5 In Another Life (5:41)
  6. 6 Big Sky (4:23)
  7. 7 If I Owned the World (3:39)
  8. 8 North Peak (4:12)
  9. 9 Angelfire (4:13)
  10. 10 Jewel Thieves (5:05)
  11. 11 Black Diamond (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
Doug Sax Mastering
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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