I consider Russ Freeman one of the most versatile smooth jazz performers today. He is a producer, writer, guitarist and keyboardist. He has a passion for whatever he does. …
I consider Russ Freeman one of the most versatile smooth jazz performers today. He is a producer, writer, guitarist and keyboardist. He has a passion for whatever he does. Away from music, his latest passion is golf and the new release from his group The Rippingtons brings that passion for golf through music. It's called Let it Ripp
and it is the groups first studio album in three years. As usual, it is dynamic, passionate and does what the group has done since the late 80's, namely stay on the cutting edge of smooth jazz.
On of the things that makes The Rippingtons stand out from other groups is that the group tries to stay with primarily up and medium tempo numbers. On Let it Ripp
, that method remains as Russ Freeman, keyboardist Bill Heller, bassist Kim Stone, Drummer Dave Carasony and percussionist Scott Breadman go through eleven songs that have the famed Rippingtons' flair. This time to add to the mix, saxophonist Eric Marienthal comes in at brings a new feeling to the group.
One track that shows his important role in the team is the track Avalon
, which is one of the few downtempo tracks on Let it Ripp
. It brings the group to a deeper feeling and lets Marienthal and Freeman show a different side to the group that is not heard very much when the group performs in concert. Another track that shows that The Rippingtons have various dimensions is the track Bella Luna
, which features Freeman's acoustic guitar work in a Spanish manner. Let it Ripp
by The Rippingtons will not let their fans down with the kind of music they expect. For those who never heard the group, Let it Ripp
will show all sides of the performers and will continue the group's evolutionary style. Let it rip.