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Built to Last

August 28, 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Label: eOne Music
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Entertainment One Music
  • Total Length: 1:01:57
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  • ASIN: B008YE1KDA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 135 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,705 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Russ Freeman's Smooth Jazz iconic group celebrate 25 years recording with this archetypal Rippingtons offering.
This is their 19th album.
Having followed Russ Freeman & his Rippingtons since the beginning, I must admit that I miss the 'good old days'. This band practically invented the smooth jazz genre but after some stunning albums, they ran out of steam and their brilliant signature texturing and soudscaping with the album "Sahara".
More albums followed but they all lacked memorable and significant catchy melodies.
Although some of the participants have changed through the years -- former members include Dave Koz and David Benoit -- guitarist/keyboardist Freeman has remained a constant as the heart and soul of the band.
The current composition of the Rippingtons includes drummer Dave Karasony, bassist Rico Belled, Bill Heller on keyboards and accordion, and Jeff Kashiwa on sax.
This new abum, which features the Hard Rock guitarist Zakk Wylde and pieces of orchestral theatrical beckdrop, is the first partnership of Peak Records (co-fouded/owned by same Russ Freeman and producer Andy Howard) with E1 Music.
"Built To Last" will delight their legions of Easy/Smooth Jazz/ New Age fans either with easy on the ear grooves like "Hotel Deville" and "Coogars & Gigolos" or electronica/jazzy/rockish item like "Fool's Gold".
After the pretty bland "Côte d'Azur", this is the group's best set in many years.
Russ mixes up in one big bowl huge quantities of all his musical experiences and influences.
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WOW! Make that two wows!! First, this was the first Rippingtons CD that I actually sat and listened to in one setting since "Wild Card". Two, I'm amazed on how many people just "Ripped" this album to pieces!!! (BAD PUN) I own 19 of the 20 Ripp's CDs that have been released. I rank this one in the top five. "Curves Ahead", "Weekend in Monaco", "Sahara" and "Wild Card" are my other top choices. Now, I am not a jazz aficionado by any means, but I do love many jazz groups such as Spyro Gyra, Pat Metheny, Bob James, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, and the Yellowjackets. The Ripps are right there with these artists, but lately the Ripps have been too generic or haven't gone away from their safety zone. "Built to Last" not only goes away from that zone, it demolishes it!! I loved the experiment and the risks that Russ Freeman took on this album. Some equated it to a dramatic music score and others said it was done from software. Well, as Sly and the Family Stone stated in one of their hits,"Different strokes for different folks", that is always the case. If I only liked the Ripps during their early years, I probably would have hated this album, but its departure from many of the "Old Style" Russ Freeman albums is what made this a refreshing change. (Remember the Beatles and how they took extreme risks?) Now, I am not comparing the Rippingtons to the greatnes of the Beatles, I'm only saying, Russ tried a new direction, and in my opinion it was a nice change. Some people hate change. (Note: "American Panorama", "Black Oak" and "Cougars and Gigolos" are more typical of "old-style Rippingtons.)

I was going to review each song but that gets long and tedious for most to read, so I will spare you.
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I like The Rippingtons. I have ALL of their CDs. "Built to Last" is their worst.

Some of the music on this CD reminds me of a soundtrack to an 80s video game.

I'm not sure what they were thinking when they recorded "Route 66." It's HORRIBLE!

I have listened to the CD a several times and sadly, not one track stands out to me as something I would consider good.

This CD could be taken out of circulation and it wouldn't be missed.
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Disclaimer: I am a HUGE Rippingtons fan, and am of the opinion that this highly talented group of musicians lead by Russ Freeman are incapable of making a bad record. With the Ripps, you can always be guaranteed first class musicianship, songwriting, feel and tone.
Having said that, Build to Last is not my favorite Ripps album. I really wanted to love it, but only "like" it. For me, the Ripps are at their best when they are swanky. The icy-cool urban smooth jazz sound or tropical/latin smooth jazz sound of high-end resorts and cruise ships, that's the Rippingtons sound that most appeals to me. The thing with this latest album is that Russ seems to go in the completely opposite direction. I think if you are a fan of moody alt-country, this record might appeal to you. I almost expected Chris Issak to make an appearance! The music, as always, is very textured and layered in all the right places. My favorite song, and the one that most feels like classic Ripps is "Hotel Deville". This is another one pf those styles that the Ripps do that I like..that Bruce Hornsby-ish heartland thing, with the piano and acoustic guitar. Very nice. On most of the other songs, I really don't like the "orchestra". It sounds very much to me that he used a synth pickup on his guitar and triggered orchestra samples. it has that "sucking" effect (odd volume swells and attack) that guitar synths sometimes do. So, all in all this is not my favorite album.
But Honestly, the Ripps are always good. I can safely say I like every song this band has ever recorded. No album is a dud. There is not much filler in any of their albums.
I just hope Russ eventually makes another classic smooth jazz album. FYI, my favorite Ripps albums are "Let it Ripp" and "Wild Card", but I own them all and like them all.
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