Rippingtons: Life in the Tropics
This CD does have its moments (mainly the ones listed above) where it offers something beyond typical smooth jazz and something we haven't heard from Freeman & company before. But overall, this CD will appeal mostly to the smooth jazz masses. If you're looking for more innovative contemporary jazz as proffered by the Rippingtons at their peak, go listen to Tourist in Paradise again. (Peak PKD-8500)
Track Listing: Club Paradiso; Caribbean Breeze; Cruisin' Down Ocean Drive; Be Cool; Rhythm of Your Life; Love Child; Avenida Del Mar; I Found Heaven; South Beach Mambo; Life in the Tropics; Island Aphrodisiac. (50:21)
Personnel: Band: Russ Freeman - guitar, bass, keyboards; Kim Stone - bass; Dave Kochanski - keyboards; Ramon Yslas - percussion; Dave Hooper - drums. Guests: Eric Marienthal, Dave Koz, Paul Taylor - sax; Peter White - classical guitar; Bill Heller, Bob James - keyboards; Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Ramon Flores - trumpet; Bill Reichenbach - trombone; Daisy Lourdes Villa, Howard Hewett, Gary Brown, Michael Angelo, Andi Howard, Ramon Yslas, Dave Hooper, Laurie Hooper, Russ Freeman - vocals.
Record Label: Concord Music Group