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Encyclopedia > The Rippingtons
The Rippingtons
Genre(s) Fusion jazz
Smooth jazz
Years active 1986–present
Label(s) GRP Records
Windham Hill Jazz
Peak Records
Concord Records
Website http://www.rippingtons.com/

The Rippingtons are a contemporary or fusion jazz group that are often considered smooth jazz. Formed in 1986 by guitarist and band leader Russ Freeman (not to be confused with the jazz pianist of the same name), their career has spanned two decades. In the early to mid 90s they were more of a jazz/rock instrumental band, but since 1999 they have developed more into the Smooth Jazz genre. Many of their songs have also been played during The Weather Channel's local on the 8's forecast segments. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jazz fusion (sometimes referred to simply as fusion) is a musical genre that loosely encompasses the merging of jazz with other styles, particularly rock, funk, R&B, and world music. ... Smooth Jazz, also sometimes referred to as new adult contemporary music,[1] is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and, at times, improvisation) traditionally associated with jazz and stylistic influences drawn from mostly R&B, but also funk and pop. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... GRP Records is an American jazz record company that was founded in New York by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen in 1982. ... Windham Hill Records is a record company, founded in the 1976 by guitarist and carpenter William Ackerman and his then-wife Anne Robinson. ... Peak Records is co-founded by The Rippingtons leader and guitarist Russ Freeman & Andi Howard in 1994. ... Concord Records is a well-known Beverly Hills, California based jazz record label. ... Jazz fusion (sometimes referred to simply as fusion) is a musical genre that loosely encompasses the merging of jazz with other styles, particularly rock, funk, R&B, and world music. ... Smooth Jazz, also sometimes referred to as new adult contemporary music,[1] is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and, at times, improvisation) traditionally associated with jazz and stylistic influences drawn from mostly R&B, but also funk and pop. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... James Russell Freeman is a jazz guitarist, composer and bandleader born in Galveston, Texas on February 11, 1960. ... The Weather Channel (TWC) is a cable and satellite television network that broadcasts weather and weather-related news 24 hours a day. ...

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Current members

Past members have included Jeff Kashiwa, Brandon Fields, David Benoit, Gregg Karukas, Tony Morales, Kenny G, and Steve Reid to name a few. James Russell Freeman is a jazz guitarist, composer and bandleader born in Galveston, Texas on February 11, 1960. ... Deon Rexroat of Anberlin. ... Eric Marienthal Eric Marienthal is a Los Angeles-based contemporary saxophonist best known for his work in the jazz, smooth jazz, and pop genres. ... A saxophonist is a musician who plays the saxophone. ... Jeff Kashiwa is a smooth jazz saxophonist native to Seattle who made his start as a member of popular fusion jazz group The Rippingtons. ... Brandon Fields (born May 21, 1984 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American football punter who currently plays for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. ... David Benoit, (born May 9, 1953) is an American jazz fusion / contemporary jazz pianist, composer and producer, who is from Los Angeles, California. ... Smooth jazz keyboardist and pianist, Gregg Karukas, originally hails from the D.C. - Maryland area. ... For the WFMU DJ, see Kenneth Goldsmith. ... Steve Reid is an American jazz drummer who has played with a wide range of notable artists including Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, James Brown, Fela Kuti and Sun Ra, and as a session drummer for Motown. ...


Career

1980s

The band's recording career began in 1986 with the recording of Moonlighting. The album was well received by critics and consumers and featured the song "She Likes to Watch," which has gone on to become a staple of the band's live set and one of their signature tunes. In January 1988 the Rippingtons released Kilimanjaro and began to tour more extensively. Mark Portmann, Steve Bailey (replacing Bill Lanphier), and Jeff Kashiwa joined the band, the band then released Tourist In Paradise. The tour for this album featured the group's first visit to Japan. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... This is the debut album by contemporary jazz ensemble The Rippingtons. ... Kilimanjaro is The Rippingtons second album which was released in 1988. ...


1990s

In August 1990, the album Welcome to the St. James Club was released and became the band's first CD to debut at #1 in the Billboard Charts. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... On January 4, 1936, Billboard magazine published its first music hit parade and on July 20, 1940 the first Music Popularity Chart was calculated. ...


In 1991, Russ Freeman relocated to Colorado and opened Cheyenne Mountain Ranch studios. The move influenced the group's next album, Curves Ahead, which featured songs based on the ski atmosphere in Colorado. Standouts include "Aspen" and the title track.


In August 1992, the group released Weekend in Monaco, which, to date, has been one of their best selling albums. Under its release the group toured Europe for the first time and in June of 1993 the U.S. leg of the tour was documented on the album Live in L.A., recorded August of that year at the Greek Theater. A concert video was released in VHS format of the following night's performance at the Ventura Theater. (Correction: According to rippingtons.com, the "Live In L.A." album was actually recorded (and the VHS video was filmed) live at The Ventura Theatre, Ventura, California on September 25, 1992 and at The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, California on September 26, 1992.) Greek theatre or Greek Drama came into its own between 600 and 200 BC in the ancient city of Athens. ... In stock market terminology, a correction is a short-term reduction in stock market price or activity. ...


Tom McMorran joined the band in 1994 after Mark Portmann left and in August of that year the band released Sahara. The following tour featured extensive dates in Southeast Asia, where the group played Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka (Japan), Jakarta (Indonesia), Manila (Philippines) as well as Singapore and Guam. Location of Southeast Asia Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... Osaka )   is a city in Japan, located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, in the Kansai region of the main island of HonshÅ«. The city is the capital of Osaka Prefecture. ... This article is about a city in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. ... Jakarta (also DKI Jakarta), is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. ... For other meanings of the word, see Manila (disambiguation). ...


In 1995, David Kochanski joined the group and the group made its presence known on the Internet. February 1996 saw the release of Brave New World, which featured covers of "Ain't no Stopping us Now," "While my Guitar Gently Weeps," and "Caravan of Love." The album was a stylistic departure for the band and included more Urban Jazz than had appeared on previous releases. Tony Morales original drummer left the band in 1994 to pursue a career in web management. Tony put together the Rippingtons' first web site, which was nominated for an AOL award (Best Jazz Band Site). He later became the webmaster and manager of SGI's web sites for 10 years, and now has his own hosting and development business tonyhosting.com. For other uses, see Brave New World (disambiguation). ...


In August 1997, the group released Black Diamond, their first record on Peak Records in conjunction with Windham Hill. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard. In 1999 Dave Hooper and Ramon Yslas joined the Rippingtons and Jeff Kashiwa was replaced by Paul Taylor. In May of 1999 the group released Topaz, which featured Native American flute work by Robert Tree Cody. Topaz remains one of the groups most requested CD's. Peak Records is co-founded by The Rippingtons leader and guitarist Russ Freeman & Andi Howard in 1994. ...


2000s

In 2000 Russ Freeman relocated to South Florida and the move was reflected thematically in Life in the Tropics. This was the group's first album to be recorded digitally. In 2001 Scott Breadman, Bill Heller, Dave Karasony, and Eric Marenthial joined the group and the following tour was documented on the live album Live Across America. In 2003 the group released Let It Ripp, featuring the title cut, which became a hit. This article is about the first decade of the 21st century. ...


In 2005 the group released Wild Card, which plays on their ongoing Latin influences. The album features guest vocal spots by Latin music stars Willy Chirino, Chante Moore, and Albita. Few artists in popular music have been able to go beyond the barriers of time, trends and geography, keeping the timelessness of their own style. ... Chant Moore is an American jazz singer with several R&B hits including Alright, Im What You Need, Old School Lovin, and Free (remade from Deniece Williams). ... began her professional career at fifteen in her native Cuba. ...


In 2006, the group celebrated their 20th anniversary by releasing The Rippingtons: 20th Anniversary, a two disc set which includes the main CD as well as a 20th Anniversary Retrospective DVD.


Discography

This is the debut album by contemporary jazz ensemble The Rippingtons. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Kilimanjaro is The Rippingtons second album which was released in 1988. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Formed in 1986 by guitarist and band leader Russ Freeman (not to be confused with the jazz pianist of the same name), their career has, so far, spanned almost two decades.
In 2006, the group celebrated their 20th anniversary by releasing "The Rippingtons: 20th Anniversary", a two disc set which includes the main CD as well as a 20th Anniversary Retrospective DVD.
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