Tourist in Paradise

Tourist in Paradise

by The RippingtonsThe Rippingtons


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The ultimate contemporary jazz hyphenate Russ Freeman (guitarist/arranger/producer/keyboardist/composer) became one of smooth jazz's most influential artists through magnificent projects like this one, chosen by Jazziz as the best contemporary jazz album of all time. This third Ripps release is a masterpiece of mouthwatering pop-jazz tunes, featuring strong hooks, gorgeous texturing, and styles ranging from tropical (the sunny "Aruba" featuring Rob Mullins on keys and Carl Anderson scatting away) and Brazilian ("One Summer Night in Brazil," Freeman's lush centerpiece) to soulful (a cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together") and rockin' (the locomotive "Earthbound," which shows Freeman's strings at their frenzied peak). But there's more to the tourist story -- there's also the bounce of bassist Steve Bailey, the boom of drummer Tony Morales, and the light exoticism of Steve Reid's soundscapes. The Rippingtons hit more peaks than valleys as the '90s unfolded, and Freeman expanded his scope beyond simple pop-jazz, but this one still sets the standard for smooth jazz.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/1989
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0011105958820
catalogNumber: 9588

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rippingtons   Primary Artist
Carl Anderson   Vocals
Rob Mullins   Keyboards
Steve Reid   Percussion
Steve Bailey   Bass Guitar
Brandon Fields   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Tony Morales   Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Hi Hat
Russ Freeman   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Reid   Engineer,Soundscape
Ted Blaisdell   Engineer
Dave Grusin   Executive Producer
Larry Rosen   Executive Producer
Micajah Ryan   Engineer
David Gibb   Graphic Design
Dan Serrano   Graphic Design
Andy Baltimore   Graphic Design
Dave Kunze   Graphic Design
Bill Mayer   Artwork
Russ Freeman   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer

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