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Smooth Jazz pioneers The Rippingtons will release their latest album, Modern Art, on March 10th via Peak Records (Concord Music Group).

With a legacy firmly rooted in smooth Jazz, The Rippingtons’ 18th release features an explosive lineup lead by founder Russ Freeman alongside Dave Karasony, Bill Heller, as well as new bassist Rico Belled and special guest, returning saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa.

Modern Art breaks new stylistic ground, incorporating exotic world music elements on the sensuously romantic, acoustic guitar driven “Paris Groove” and adds an Eastern authenticity to the hypnotic “Black Book” with an electric sitar. With the sizzling interaction between Freeman’s slow burning electric guitar and Kashiwa’s wild sax improvisations, the easy grooving “One Step Closer” and bluesy “Body Art” will remind longtime fans of the band’s glory days of the 90s, but with a souped up twist!

“I think the music of The Rippingtons has struck a universal chord that is hard to fully explain.” - Russ Freeman

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Over the past two decades, Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons have taken the stage thousands of times throughout the world with just one goal in mind: celebrating the joy of life and music with their ever adoring fans. Marking an incredible milestone in the history of smooth jazz, the band turns 20 years old this year, and invites fans all around the world to celebrate with The Rippingtons 20th Anniversary, a remarkable new CD/DVD package that includes a CD of all new Ripps music and a DVD featuring a colorful retrospective as well as exciting videos from over the years. Bio

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Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Mar22Fri
The Rippingtons, Rippingtons
Highline Ballroom
New York, NY
Mar24Sun
The Rippingtons
Rams Head On Stage
Annapolis, MD
$39
Mar24Sun
The Rippingtons
Rams Head On Stage
Annapolis, MD
$39
Mar24Sun
The Rippingtons, Rippingtons
Rams Head On Stage
Annapolis, MD
Mar25Mon
The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman
Birchmere
Alexandria, VA
$45 - 45
Mar26Tue
The Rippingtons, Rippingtons
The Tin Pan
Richmond, VA
Mar31Sun
The Rippingtons, Rippingtons
Funky Biscuit
Boca Raton, FL

Discography

True Stories

True Stories

Peak Records
2016

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Fountain of Youth

Fountain of Youth

eOne Music
2014

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Built to Last

Built to Last

eOne Music
2012

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Cote D' Azur

Cote D' Azur

Peak Records
2011

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Modern Art

Modern Art

Peak Records
2009

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20th Anniversary

20th Anniversary

Peak Records
2006

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