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Weekend in Monaco

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Audio CD, August 18, 1992
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A classic album for any collection.

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  1. Weekend In Monaco (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. St. Tropez (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 5:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Vienna (Album Version) [feat. Steve Reid] 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Indian Summer (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 5:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. A Place For Lovers (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Carnival! (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Moka Java (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Highroller (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Where The Road Will Lead Us (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 18, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B0000001S9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jazzcat on April 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I want to use the space of my "Week end in Monaco" review to point out a strange and quite curious thinking habit going on among Jazz fans, Jazz purists in particular (purist people, the dullest persons of them all). A lot of them, the true purists, tend to think that if a musical expression is old, hard, edged, dissonant, awkward is good and on the opposite they disdain modern Jazz melodic music as easy, commercial, stupid and unvaluable. Well I, as a Jazz musician myself, consider this attitude an incredible short sighted way of judging music. A musical expression could have value or not in both cases. It is not a problem of dissonat melodic lines and harmonies or consonant ones. A lot of strange, dissonant, avant garde Jazz is pure trash and the same can be said about a lot of easy, smooth jazz. The real truth is that you can find extremely good music in both styles, if you want to categorize them. I surely enjoy both and have the greatest respect for the best examples of both these kinds of Jazz. I find stellar Mingus's music which is quite particular in some cases and I simply adore pure bebop hard things from the forties but at the same time I love Rippington's music which is apparently simple in its shape but it is sure extremely well written a musically deep. I really think that the purist thing is really dangerous for the music lover. If you are one, tend to be open and to listen to everything comes in sight, because chances are that you could find nice stuff here and there in every style imaginable. If you are a musician and want to be creative this is a rule to follow, not an advice. Keep in mind.
Week end in Monaco is a monster album. It is one of the best in the Ripp's catalogue for what I am concerned. The music is the today really famous trademark Freeman melodic style.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "dpg2" on September 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This review comes several years after the purchase of Weekend in Monaco. I have purchased all Rippingtons' releases from Moonlighting to Russ Freeman's current solo release of Drive and consider myself a strong fan. Russ has certainly experimented with numerous styles and unfortunately has never again captured the energy and passion found in Weekend. I caught the Rippingtons in concert at Brookhaven College in Dallas, TX and during a brief "master class" found that Russ Freeman provides little latitude as it pertains to creativity. He made it clear that he writes, arranges, and orchestrates the tunes to his taste and the only moments when personal creativity was allowed came in the brief solo breaks. Although this sounds negative, it worked to perfection on Weekend. This is a powerful example of how contemporary Jazz can appeal to the Rock lover or the traditional Jazz lover and I applaud the effort as it creates a bridge to discover new styles. Each tune is unique with driving rhythmic support and the arrangements showcase this fine ensemble. So why the qualifying comments? Russ has not come anywhere close to the overall quality and power of Weekend since its release. This is not by any means a slam to the other efforts, which have some bright moments, but Weekend and pre-Weekend CDs are superior. In my review of Topaz, I slammed the hip-hop feel that started to creep into many of the Rippingtons cuts as it made their music "cookie cutter" but this has dissipated. I find Russ Freeman as a guest artist on many CDs and always enjoy his influence but I do miss the energy found in Weekend. Buy and enjoy this incredible CD but be aware that the sound on newer releases may disappoint.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I love this disc, especially the title cut. The energy of the tunes, the tight rhythms, and arrangements are outstanding. If you only buy one Rippingtons CD, make it this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Wallace on November 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was a wierd little kid. On one hand, I listened to Nirvana and Soundgarden and loved them. But when i was home, in my nerdly kingdom of a room, I popped this CD in. Then, and only then was i truly happy. Painting my Games Workshop miniatures. You see, there's gotta be something about the Rippington's music to appeal to a kid with no jazz knowledge to speak of. Years later, free from potential ridicule, i can relax and listen to the Rippingtons and truly understand that music like this can provide an atmosphere, or motivate a mood.

Speaking to those of you who like mainstream music. If you want something more out of music, something more substantial and classy than the crap out there now, Weekend in Monaco is your portal. Just don't let your friends catch you listening to it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Music Critic on January 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
After several years in a row of great CD's...who would have thought that The Rippington's would have started on a downward spiral that would cause many loyal fans to distance themselves from them. This is their last real good CD!!! I don't care what anyone say's after this it was a bunch of ups and downs. Perhaps, it was all the personnel changes that affected their music the most. This set starts out with the excellent title track...followed by one of my favorite songs of all time by them called St. Tropez. The guitar solo at the end is one of Russ's best and uses some of his catchiest phrasings ever. Also listen to the great bass lines by Kim Stone. He's a superb player!!! This is in my opinion the best song on the CD!!! After this the track Vienna is the typical acoustic/classical guitar-led song that the Ripps are also known for. Indian Summer is an up tempo techno-jazz/rock type song. It's okay, but not really the kind of music that I like from them or anyone else. A Place For Lovers is a slow bossa-nova style-song that is very nice and relaxing to listen to. Carnival is a Latin-style song that I enjoy, but eventually would become their dominant style on later CD's. Moka Java has a new world music type feel...the percussion playing by Steve Reid is great on this one. Highroller is another high energy techno-jazz style song. It's a pretty good song overall. Where The Road Will Lead Us is a dreamy song...the kind of song that you would like to listen to before you go to bed. A fitting ending to a CD well-worth buying. I made a conscience decision to buy this one long ago and listened to it while I wrote this review so that I could better educate the potential buyer.
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