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2011 release from Russ Freeman and his legendary Rippingtons. Fans that have followed The Rippingtons for any stretch of time over the past quarter century know the versatile award winning and Grammy nominated guitarist/composer and producer has long had a penchant for naming songs and albums after exotic places ("Aruba," "Kenya," "Morocco," Weekend in Monaco, Sahara, et al). But The Ripps' latest recording Cote D'Azur--inspired by Freeman's passion for the French people and the storied region of the French Riviera--is more than simply the latest stamp on Freeman's well traveled passport. Beyond simple wanderlust or a gathering of "musical postcards" from the Southern region of France, it taps into a spirit that's deeper and more transcendent than any other group project to date.
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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Peak Records
  • ASIN: B004F69J5M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,027 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Côte d'Azur" is the latest musical voyage from the Rippingtons, whose assets are becoming larger and larger, varied but also very poppish and commercial, in contrast with their distinctive and elegant 'jazz' releases like "Moonlightong" or "Life in the Tropics".
These days they and their frontman seem very oriented towards the most commercially potent subgenre to fall under the jazz banner in recent years, the so called 'smooth jazz', and this album makes no exception.
Forget the liner notes of the album, which are meant for the market/press realease and may distract the listeners with the mirage of exotic landscapes.
"Le calypso" will please their fans who appreciate his relaxed playing, nice grooves and POPular melodies.
His optimistic 'sound' shines on cuts like "Riviera Jam".
The lilting "Mesmerized" has a delicate melodic beauty.
"Passage To Marceilles" and "Bandol" up the tempo with solid North-african/Spanish grooves.
The result is that, even as he dazzles with his mastery of licks and tricks, this time Freeman rarely blows out a melody free of learned clichés, with his, at times, apparent lack of originality and many studied serious solo moments numbing as things press on.
The album is very enjoyale, relaxing, yes, but too slick or sappy though, providing, at times, jazz of integrity and smoothness for chilling out to or eating dinner by.
Jazz collectors will likely not be too interested in the disc, but in general, soft, lite jazz/pop radio stations' listeners, searching for something soothing, high-gloss background music, more than something of a more raw or challenging nature, certainly will be happy to buy it.
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The Rippingtons are one of my favorite cool jazz groups. If I see a new release I just pop it into the Amazon cart unheard. This one won't disappoint Jazz Cat fans and fans of the genre of smoothjazz. I particularly like "Le Calypso" organs and Marlboro Man guitar. Who would have thought? Cote d"Azur has a great drum beat and a little fuzz guitar for spice. Let the head bobbing begin.
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Russ Freeman and Crew continues to surprise and re-invent.
Now to turn that dumb Cliche around:
Unfortunately, there are too few Elevators featuring the Rippingtons.
It certainly would make for a much more enjoyable ride.

Being far from the stigma of "Elevator Music", Cote D'Azur has some VERY STRONG MOMENTS, like Passage to Marseille, with it's involved and solid percussion tapestry beyond the common Ka-Bonka Ka-Bonka.

Despite some critics saying "They have turned commercial" blahbla... (As if it were a crime to make a living as a musician!!)::

It shines through that Russ Freeman is enjoying his work.
I find something new and refreshing in (almost) every album they ever have made.

Excellent for a Cafe / Casual / Background environment, it is a good to have Music that is interesting but does not dominate everything in a 5-mile radius like a Rolling Stones Concert.

Sooo,
My bottom line here is:
The Rippingtons have just released another sweet Album.
You can play it while driving your Porsche or your Wheelchair, or even your Elevator, doohh=) , and - YES, they got a bit more polished with this Album, but that is just Russ Freeman who probably does not sleep until he has a Radio-friendly mix-down.
There is nothing ground-breaking-revolutionary in this Album, just solid craftsmanship and good entertainment.
No track on Cote D'Azur is too uninteresting that I won't play it -even repeatedly- and that earns 5 stars.
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Are you burnt out too? Tired, discouraged, just want to relax? There are a lot of New Age Jazz stars which will relax you. Peter White,Vlad,Marc Antoine,David Benoit,Acoustic Alchemy,and yes Yanni to list a few. But the best and the originals are Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons. Start with the best of the Rippingtons and feast on all the other releases by this legendary group.
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By Jazzy J on February 21, 2011
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This is a great cd! The Ripps' sound is definitely evolving, so you have to start judging their albums individually. This isn't Welcome to the St James Club, Moonlighting, or Life in the Tropics (so if that's what you're expecting, go buy those). It's something different...and it's definitely worth picking up.

After the first day of listening to it, I'd have to say Sainte Maxime is my favorite on this cd...and likely one of my favorites period. Lots of upbeat, feel-good music here. I'm still angry with Russ about Wild Card, but the last three cds have renewed my faith in the Ripps.
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The Rippingtons are undeniably the Best in Instrumental Soft Jazz.
The Best in Jazz Innovation
The Best in Performance.
Listen to this music.
Their music will relax you and rinse away your worries.
If you've never heard their music before you will want all their music.
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Wonderful surprised in Mesmerized and ...from Marseilles. All in all great to have saxaphone player back accentuating but not leading every song. I hope they stay in France longer, it has been good for their creativity musically, along with last release. Looking forward to listening along with their thematic research.
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