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Drive
Russ Freeman
Drive
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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This 10-song voyage starts mellow with "Guitarland" and "Villa by the Sea," the former an obvious sonic homage to Freeman's duets with guitarist Craig Chaquico, and the latter a hook-laden acoustic number that is sure to f...  more »

      
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All Artists: Russ Freeman
Title: Drive
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Peak Records
Release Date: 8/13/2002
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 013431851127

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This 10-song voyage starts mellow with "Guitarland" and "Villa by the Sea," the former an obvious sonic homage to Freeman's duets with guitarist Craig Chaquico, and the latter a hook-laden acoustic number that is sure to find its way to the radio. Drive then moves into high gear with help from its special guests. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber and Freeman mesh their distinct styles seamlessly on the bouncy title track and "Brighter Day." And saxophonist Eric Marienthal sweetly coalesces with the guitarist on "Anywhere Near You," maybe the disc's most romantic cut. Freeman's choice of cover tunes is inspired, particularly Grover Washington Jr.'s "East River Drive," where the guitarist slyly mimic's the G-Man's sax tone, and Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer." Because the Rippingtons are an extension of who Freeman is, some tracks here have the group's sound, but on the whole, Freeman has done a good job of making sure it is the voice of his guitar heard on his first non-holiday solo album since his 1985 classic, Nocturnal Playground. --Mark Ruffin

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Too many drumloops
jazz freak | 12/06/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Being a long-time Freeman/Rippingtons fan, I have to say that this is not Freeman at his best. Don't get me wrong, his playing is exceptional but maybe he should have laid down the drum machines and used live drummers instead. I think this is what really prevents this cd from shining."