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.
|Weekend In Moncao
|A Place For Lovers
|Where The Road Will Lead Us
|Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards, Classical Guitar, Arrangements, Production, Engineering, Mixing
|Bass, Fretted Bass, Bass Solo
|Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, EWI, Alto Sax Solo, Soundscape
|Percussion, Congas, Toys, Brazilian Percussion Soundscape, Vocals, Timbales, Engineering of Soundscape on "Carnival!"
|Acoustic Piano Solo
|Fretless Bass, Bass
|Assistant Executive Production
|GRP Production Coordination
|GRP Production Coordination Assistance
|Front Cover Artwork
|Graphic Design Assistance
|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.