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Format: CD
Sku: 201985867
UPC: 013431850021
UPC 14: 00013431850021
Release Date: 10/10/2000
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Club Paradiso - (with Eric Marienthal) ~ The Rippingtons
2. Caribbean Breeze ~ The Rippingtons
3. Cruisin' Down Ocean Drive - (with Eric Marienthal) ~ The Rippingtons
4. Be Cool - (with Dave Koz) ~ The Rippingtons
5. Rhythm Of Your Life - (with Daisy Lourdes Villa) ~ The Rippingtons
6. Love Child - (with Eric Marienthal/Paul Taylor) ~ The Rippingtons
7. Avenida Del Mar ~ The Rippingtons
8. I Found Heaven - (with Howard Hewitt) ~ The Rippingtons
9. South Beach Mambo ~ The Rippingtons
10. Life In The Tropics - (with Bob James/Eric Marienthal) ~ The Rippingtons
11. Island Aphrodisiac ~ The Rippingtons

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote The Rippingtons: Russ Freeman (acoustic, electric & classical guitars, keyboards, bass, background vocals); Dave Kochanski (keyboards); Kim Stone (bass); Dave Hooper (drums, background vocals); Ramon Yslas (percussion, background vocals).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: "Daisy" Lourdes Villa, Howard Hewett (vocals); Eric Marienthal (soprano & tenor saxophones); Paul Taylor (alto saxophone); Dave Koz (saxophone); Ramon Flores, Jerry Hey, Gary Grant (trumpet); Bill Reichenbach (trombone); Bill Heller (piano, keyboards. programming); Gary Brown (keyboards, bass, programming, background vocals); Bob James (keyboards); Peter White (classical guitar); Laurie Hooper, Andi Howard, Michael Angelo Saulsberry (background vocals).
Muze PNote Personnel: Dave Hooper (vocals, drums); Ramon Yslas (vocals, percussion); Howard Hewett (vocals); Russ Freeman (guitar); Peter White (classical guitar); Eric Marienthal (saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Dave Koz, Jeff Kashiwa (saxophone); Paul Taylor (alto saxophone); Gary Grant, Jerry Hey, Ramon Flores (trumpet); William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (trombone); Bill Heller (piano, keyboards, programming); Gary Brown (keyboards, programming, background vocals); Dave Kochanski (keyboards); Tony Morales (drums); Andi Howard (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Ray Bardani.
Muze PNote Recording information: Boca Raton, FL; Remidi Studios, Dobbs Ferry, NY; Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, CA; Sapphire Sound, Las Vegas, NV.
Muze PNote Photographer: Dave Hooper.
Muze PNote Arranger: Bill Heller.
Muze PNote Life in the Tropics -- the first Peak Records release for the Rippingtons -- features guitarist Russ Freeman and is a great smooth jazz celebration of rhythmic delights that resemble the tropical splendor of an island oasis. The natural beauty of each composition is reflected by the great talents of the Rippingtons: Kim Stone on bass, Dave Kochanski on keyboards, Ramon Yslas on percussion, and Dave Hooper on drums, along with special guests the great saxophonists Dave Koz, Eric Marienthal, and Paul Taylor, keyboardist Bob James, and guitarist Peter White. The centerpiece of this CD is "Love Child," a sensuous mid-tempo ballad that alternates the brilliant sax work of Marienthal and Taylor as Freeman strums an emotional string sonnet under soulful synths and keyboards. The romantic vocals of Howard Hewitt on "I Found Heaven" invite you to rediscover his intense passion for a great love ballad. Its lyrics convey the excellent songwriting abilities of Freeman and Gary Brown and their ability to connect to the emotional melorhythms of the listener. The fresh sounds revealed on Life in the Tropics are sure to please you because of their melodic elements, rhythms, brass, and great guitar of Russ Freeman. ~ Paula Edelstein

Producer: Russ Freeman; Gary Brown; Michael Angelo Saulsberry

Engineer: Russ Freeman; Posie Muliadi; Ken Freeman; Nick Sodano; Mark Binder

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Eric Marienthal
Muze Guest Artist Howard Hewett
Muze Guest Artist Bob James
Muze Guest Artist Dave Koz
Muze Guest Artist Daisy Lourdes Villa
Muze Guest Artist Paul Taylor

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Smooth Jazz Hits:for Lovers
Muze Music Compilations Smooth Jazz Hits:ultimate Grooves

Associated Artists and Works

C?te D'Azur ~ Freeman, Russ (Guitar)
Fountain of Youth ~ Freeman, Russ (Guitar)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/26/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2000
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : PKD 85002
Music Label Name Label : Concord Jazz
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00013431850021

Professional Reviews

JazzTimes (6/01, p.104)
- "...Features examples of their fine cruising, melodic well as their propensity for over-slick ballads, it also dips a toe into Latin stylings..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Rippingtons
Product attributeLabel:   Peak Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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