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Curves Ahead
     

Curves Ahead

by The Rippingtons
 
For a number of years, Rippingtons mastermind Russ Freeman had a hard time approaching the inspirational pop jazz perfection of 1989's Tourist in Paradise, but this fifth group album came close with its hummable compositions, eclectic blend of tempor, emphasis on acoustic piano and guitar, and wondrous musicianship. As a

Overview

For a number of years, Rippingtons mastermind Russ Freeman had a hard time approaching the inspirational pop jazz perfection of 1989's Tourist in Paradise, but this fifth group album came close with its hummable compositions, eclectic blend of tempor, emphasis on acoustic piano and guitar, and wondrous musicianship. As a composer, Freeman has a distinctive knack for conjuring up exotic images ("Nature of the Beast" takes the listener to Africa, while "Aspen" travels high up into ski country) and for remembering past gems in his lush, unrivaled catalog. As such, the lovely "Morning Song" recalls "Oceansong," and "Aspen" looks back to "She Likes to Watch." Yet there are always enough new twists to keep listeners on their toes -- for the first time, Freeman uses a horn section (featuring labelmate Nelson Rangell) which lights a fire under "Santa Fe Trail" and the title track. Rangell, who shares sax duties with Jeff Kashiwa and the soulful Kirk Whalum, is also allowed a few peppery flute runs. And no Ripps release would be complete without the marvelously original soundscaping of Steve Reid. Cameos by pianist Mark Portman, trombonist Bruce Fowler, Omar Hakim, and Dave Grusin round out yet another genre classic by Freeman.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/1991
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0011105965125
catalogNumber:
9651

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rippingtons   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Omar Hakim   Drums
Nelson Rangell   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Steve Reid   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Vocals,Bells
Bobby Martin   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Bailey   Bass,Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar
Dave Grusin   Piano
Jeff Kashiwa   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tony Morales   Drums
Mark Portmann   Piano,Keyboards
Kim Stone   Bass,Bass Guitar
Steve Szabo   Trumpet
Kirk Whalum   Tenor Saxophone
Marc Portman   Piano
Russ Freeman   Synthesizer,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Brant Biles   Engineer
Dave Grusin   Executive Producer
David Hesse   Engineer
Robert Margouleff   Engineer
Marian McPartland   Composer
Sonny Mediana   Graphic Design
Larry Rosen   Executive Producer
David Gibb   Graphic Design
Dan Serrano   Graphic Design
Andy Ruggirello   Graphic Design
Scott Johnson   Graphic Design
Russ Freeman   Producer,Engineer

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