Category: rippingtons

Top of the Chart – July 1988 »

Here were the top-selling contemporary jazz recordings in summer 1988, according to the July 8, 1988 issue of Billboard! George Howard – Reflections Bobby McFerrin – Simple Pleasures Basia – Time and Tide Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman – Kilamanjaro David Benoit – Every Step of the Way Tim Heintz – Searching the Heart Chick Corea […]

Top 10 – Fifteen Years Ago »

In the earlier days of this site, I ran a top ten list of the most popular contemporary jazz at the time. This chart was based on sales and radio play. Here were the top 10 from December 5, 1997! Jonathan Butler, Do You Love Me?, N2K Encoded Music Bob James, Playin’ Hooky, Warner Bros. Boney James, Sweet […]

Things I Know About Built to Last from the Rippingtons »

Though it’s been a while since I considered myself a fan of the Rippingtons, I have always remained interested in the Russ Freeman project. Tourist in Paradise was my first love of contemporary jazz and you never forget your first love. Built to Last is the new recording by the Rippingtons. Here’s what I’ve gathered […]

8 from 1989 – Mix Online! »

Take a step into the past with these eight tracks from contemporary jazz releases that came out in the year 1989! Listen to classics from the Rippingtons, Miles Davis, and Hiroshima. Also, who put the meat in my bed?! It’s the second mix I’ve published on 8tracks. If you like this blast from the past, […]

8 from 1988 – Playlist Online! »

Take a step into the past with these eight tracks from contemporary jazz releases that came out in the year 1988! Hear music from Kim Pensyl’s first series of sketches, Al Jarreau feeling so good, David Benoit taking every step along the way, and David Sanborn missing someone so far away. It’s one of a […]

Ripps’ Jazz Cat Makes List »

Just put up a tweet on this: Rippingtons’ Modern Art cover makes Smashing Magazine’s list of 100 Obscure and Remarkable CD Covers. Congrats, Bill Mayer!

Rippingtons Interview and Review »

Shannon West recently interviewed Rippingtons main man Russ Freeman at the SmoothViews site. Check out Freeman’s thoughts on composing, painting, balancing new songs with the classics when touring, what may be his favorite saxophone performance on a Rippingtons recording, and more. Shannon also reviewed the new Rippingtons recording Modern Art, saying “these are tight, short, […]

Try It Out Tuesdays – The Rippingtons »

The new Rippingtons recording, Modern Art, is out today. The Rippingtons is a Russ Freeman project that I very much enjoyed in the 80s and 90s. Freeman has kept it going for over 20 years with above-average pop-jazz compositions and a changing roster of musicians. Modern Art marks some changes in the group: a new […]