The Rippingtons - Wild Card


The new album of the Rippingtons is released since May 2005. The cover was traditionally made by Bill Mayer whose website is really worth a visit. Speaking about websites you should also visit the re-newed website of The Rippingtons. It's really state of the art. A short visit to the forum showcases surprisingly diverse opinions of his fans. 

The Rippingtons are Russ Freeman. With other words he is the man behind the project and he decides the development of this group. The band members always changed. Current members are the leader Russ Freeman, Bill Heller (keyboards, piano), Eric Marienthal (sax), Kim Stone (bass), Scott Breadman (percussion) and Dave Karasony (drums). 

The new album is offering Latin flavored tunes like the smooth "Gypsy Eyes" and "Spanish Girl" performed by acoustic guitars played in the style of Peter White or Marc Antoine. The mellow "Wild Card" and "Lay It Down" are featuring Eric Marienthal and will certainly find the interest of smooth jazz radio-stations. "El Vacilon" is following the pulsing salsa music of the Southern hemisphere.  The album is obviously tending to the Spanish speaking audience. This is a huge market. Slow and intriguing are  "Paradise", "King Of Hearts" and "Into You" using all ingredients of a romantic tune. The vocal version of Mulata De Mi Amor is featuring the singer Willy Chirino who has already released more than 20 albums with a tremendous success. "Moonlight" is one of my favorites. I like Bill Heller's brilliant piano play which could be more extensive. There is also some R&B on this album like "Till You Come Back To Me" presenting a fantastic Chanté Moore. Smooth Jazz fans will know her by guest appearances on "Yes, Please" (Fourplay), "Snapshot" and "Cool" (George Duke), "Just Chillin" (Norman Brown) or "The McCauley Sessions". 

Russ Freeman anew succeeded in producing an album which addresses a great audience although that might not be the same as years before. 

Title: Wild Card
Artist: The Rippingtons Feat. Russ Freeman
Year: 2005
Length: 0:54:54
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Peak Records

01 Gypsy Eyes [4:20]
02 Wild Card [3:57]
03 El Vacilon [4:48]
04 Paradise [5:04]
05 Spanish Girl [4:15]
06 Mulata De Mi Amor [4:08]
07 Moonlight [3:52]
08 Till You Come Back To Me [4:00]
09 Lay it Down [4:11]
10 King Of Hearts [4:10]
11 Into You [3:57]
12 Mulata De Mi Amor (Instrumental) [3:57]
13 In The End [4:15]

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