Life In The Tropics CD (2000)

Artist: Rippingtons

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Label Peak Records/universal
SKU 201985867
UPC 013431850021
UPC 14 00013431850021
Format CD
Release Date 10/10/2000
Author Rippingtons
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-The Originals
Compilation Appearance Smooth Jazz Hits:ultimate Grooves
Compilation Appearance Smooth Jazz Hits:for Lovers
Technical Info
Engineer Russ Freeman; Posie Muliadi; Ken Freeman; Nick Sodano; Mark Binder
Producer Russ Freeman; Gary Brown; Michael Angelo Saulsberry
CatalogID PKD 85002
Lable Name Concord Jazz
Released 07/26/2004
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 49m : 56s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00013431850021
Musical Guests
Eric Marienthal
Howard Hewett
Bob James
Dave Koz
Daisy Lourdes Villa
Paul Taylor
Album Notes and Credits
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).
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).
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).
Audio Mixer: Ray Bardani.
Recording information: Boca Raton, FL; Remidi Studios, Dobbs Ferry, NY; Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, CA; Sapphire Sound, Las Vegas, NV.
Photographer: Dave Hooper.
Arranger: Bill Heller.
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
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..."
Disc 1
1 Club Paradiso - (with Eric Marienthal)
2 Caribbean Breeze
3 Cruisin' Down Ocean Drive - (with Eric Marienthal)
4 Be Cool - (with Dave Koz)
5 Rhythm Of Your Life - (with Daisy Lourdes Villa)
6 Love Child - (with Eric Marienthal/Paul Taylor)
7 Avenida Del Mar
8 I Found Heaven - (with Howard Hewitt)
9 South Beach Mambo
10 Life In The Tropics - (with Bob James/Eric Marienthal)
11 Island Aphrodisiac
Product Attributes
Artist Rippingtons
Label Peak Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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