Fans who have followed Russ Freeman and the Rippingtons for any stretch of time over the past quarter century know the award-winning guitarist/composer/producer has long had a penchant for naming songs and albums after exotic places ("Aruba," "Kenya," "Morocco," "Weekend in Monaco," "Sahara," at al.).
But the Ripps' latest record, "Cote d'Azur" -- inspired by Freeman's passion for the French people and the storied region of the French Riviera -- is more than simply the latest stamp on Freeman's well traveled passport.
Beyond simple wanderlust or a gathering of "musical postcards" from the southern region of France, it taps into a spirit that's deeper and more transcendent than any other group project to date and includes all original tunes from Freeman.
Next time out? Who knows? Freeman's musical passport still has a lot of open space to be stamped. The journey continues! From the Label
Performance CreditsRippingtons Primary Artist
Bill Heller Keyboards,Group Member
Dave Karasony Drums,Group Member
Jeff Kashiwa Saxophone,Group Member
Rico Bell Bass,Group Member
Russ Freeman Guitar,Keyboards,Group Member
Technical CreditsBill Mayer Cover Illustration
Andi Howard Executive Producer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Devon Guillery Graphic Design
Yaredt Leon Composer
Russ Freeman Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Illustrations