Weekend In Monaco
Because you can't have just one Rippigntons CD, there is "Weekend In Monaco", a dynamic release that features at least three of the best tracks the Ripps have recorded - "St. Tropez", "Indian Summer" and the title track, which, along with the evocative "Vienna", open the CD. Freeman dishes out a number of electric solos on those tracks, which is quite welcome, and delivers some of his strongest melodies. The musicianship is even kicked up a notch by the inclusion of Mark Portmann, who lays down some great piano solos on "Moka Java", "St. Tropez", "Vienna" and the title track. All this plus tons of live percussion, make "Weekend In Monaco" the ideal first purchase for the smooth jazz fan new to the Rippingtons' music - especially if you want to hear more electric Freeman.
|05:19||Weekend In Moncao||Instrumental|
|05:12||A Place For Lovers||Instrumental|
|04:15||Where The Road Will Lead Us||Instrumental|
|Russ Freeman||Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards, Classical Guitar, Arrangements, Production, Engineering, Mixing|
|Kim Stone||Bass, Fretted Bass, Bass Solo|
|Jeff Kashiwa||Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, EWI, Alto Sax Solo, Soundscape|
|Steve Reid||Percussion, Congas, Toys, Brazilian Percussion Soundscape, Vocals, Timbales, Engineering of Soundscape on "Carnival!"|
|Mark Portman||Acoustic Piano Solo|
|Steve Bailey||Fretless Bass, Bass|
|Brian Springer||Addtional Engineering|
|Suzy Freeman||Addtional Engineering|
|Andi Howard||Production Coordination|
|Carl Griffin||Assistant Executive Production|
|Dave Grusin||Executive Production|
|Larry Rosen||Executive Production|
|Michael Pollard||GRP Production Coordination|
|Doreen Kalcich||GRP Production Coordination Assistance|
|Bill Mayer||Front Cover Artwork|
|Dan Serrano||Graphic Design|
|David Gibb||Graphic Design|
|Andy Ruggirello||Graphic Design|
|Scott Johnson||Graphic Design|
|Sonny Mediana||Graphic Design|
|Emili Bogin||Graphic Design Assistance|
|Andy Baltimore||GRP Creative Direction|
|Recorded and mixed at Cheyenne Mtn. Ranch Studios, CO.
"Carnival!" soundscape recorded at Slamm Shack, North Hollywood.
Mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering.
Post-Production at the Review Room, NYC.