True Stories, the new recording from Russ Freeman and the Rippingtons is out on June 24. I love the fun new cover, presumably done by the masterful Bill Mayer who has done every Rippingtons “jazz cat” illustration.
The band has been announcing tour dates on Twitter so you will be able to hear the new songs live at some locations around the States. Attendees at the Berks Jazz Fest have already heard some of them – check out Peter Boehi’s recap of the performance. See them from Berks playing the new “Wild Tales” – I like it!
I’ve posted the third in my series of top contemporary jazz recordings of past years. This one is eight of the best-selling artists in 1990, including the Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Bobby McFerrin, Joe Sample, Dave Weckl and more. Click the image below to immediately listen and spread the word!
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 – Eye of the Beholder
Dianne Reeves – Dianne Reeves
Kirk Whalum – And You Know That!
Shadowfax – Folksongs for a Nuclear Village
Entering the chart that week was a number of releases that would be headed toward the top: Spyro Gyra’s Rites of Summer, Politics by Yellowjackets, If This Bass Could Talk by Stanley Clarke, and Sade’s Stronger Than Pride.
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 about it:
It will be released on August 28.
It took 15 months to write and record.
The first single is “Cougars and Gigolos.”
The are 16 tracks on the recording, including four orchestral renditions and a classical guitar reprise of the title track.
Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde is featured on the track “Monument/Monolith.”
iTunes offers a “deluxe edition” with a bonus track and digital booklet.
Bill Mayer contributes yet another outstanding jazz cat illustration for the cover.
The range of music goes from “orchestrated, widescreen epics, to lyrical, smooth ballads, and high energy, progressive jazz-rock.”