Curves Ahead

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

  • Release Date: 8/13/1991
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 011105965125
  • Catalog Number: 9651

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Curves Ahead - Russ Freeman (5:39)
  2. 2 Aspen - Russ Freeman (5:28)
  3. 3 Santa Fe Trail - Russ Freeman (5:14)
  4. 4 Take Me With You - Russ Freeman (5:34)
  5. 5 North Star - Russ Freeman (5:24)
  6. 6 Miles Away - Russ Freeman (5:17)
  7. 7 Snowbound - Russ Freeman (4:51)
  8. 8 Nature Of The Beast - Russ Freeman (6:21)
  9. 9 Morning Song - Russ Freeman (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rippingtons Primary Artist, 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
Carl Griffin Associate 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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