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Sahara
Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons
Sahara
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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The Rippingtons are ostensibly a band, but in reality the name is just a vehicle for Russ Freeman and his ideas. Freeman not only writes almost all the material, he also plays all the guitar parts and most of the keyboard ...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons
Title: Sahara
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 7
Label: Grp Records
Release Date: 8/30/1994
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Jazz Fusion, Smooth Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011105978125, 011105978149

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The Rippingtons are ostensibly a band, but in reality the name is just a vehicle for Russ Freeman and his ideas. Freeman not only writes almost all the material, he also plays all the guitar parts and most of the keyboard parts. Moreover, he arranges, produces, engineers and mixes the recordings himself. Ever since they emerged in 1987, the Rippingtons have dominated the jazz charts, even though they play instrumental pop, not jazz. On Sahara, Freeman integrates two pop vocal numbers with the eight instrumentals. Jeffrey Osborne is the guest singer on the Rippingtons' remake of the Spinners' '72 hit, "I'll Be Around." Unfortunately, Freeman's arrangement smooths out the rhythm, mutes the accents and induces Osborne to deliver a bland vocal with none of the passion of Philippe Wynne's original. This is not just pop music; this is easy-listening pop music with every challenging element surgically removed. --Geoffrey Himes

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One of the few CDs I own that I never get tired of.
Alexander Forson | 12/12/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I use this type of music to focus my mind during marathon software development sessions. I've had this CD for about two years, and still play it frequently."
Top reviewers? Stay away
Jazzcat | Genoa, Italy Italy | 04/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Talking about Sahara, I find this disc as one of the best in the Rippingtons catalogue probably second only to "Black Diamond" and "Weekend in Monaco". It is really focused and entertaining, each track is really good obviously in the trademark Ripp's soft and sophisticated sound. It is really good, I own this cd since it came out (and all the Ripp's other cds) and I still listen to it very much. I own everything from Charlie Parker to John Coltrane, from George Benson to Van Halen, from Wes Montgomery to Greg Howe, I'm a serious jazz musician, I think you can trust my opinion. I enjoy Rippingtons, Charlie Parker, Van Halen, Shawn Lane and everything in between, because they're all fantastic musicians. Send one copy of Sahara to Jimmy Page, maybe he could learn something about orchestration, guitar playing, harmony and more than everything else melody."
"Sahara" is quintessential Rippingtons!
T. Reidy | Boston, MA USA | 09/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is well crafted. There is a balance between tunes with a rock and roll edge, some more mellow songs and one with a calypso flavor, complete with steel drums! Also included in this musical work is a soulful rendition of the musical standard "I'll be there." The CD wraps up with a hard driving piece titled "Porcha". This band is hot!"