Rippingtons albums generally reflect some sort of theme and this time is no exception as the veteran contemporary-jazz band travels to South Beach for the delightfully high-spirited, Latin-tinged Wild Card. Guitarist and group leader Russ Freeman typically writes most of the Rippingtons' music, but he collaborated with several composers on this outing. The band's faithful need not worry, however-Freeman's trademark catchy melodies are still amply represented. "El Vacilon," a standout track Freeman cowrote with songwriter Yaredt Leon features a fiery vocal performance by Cuban singing star Albita and background vocals by members of the multicultural outfit Ozomatli.
Yaredt Leon, who collaborated with Freeman on the Latin-themed Wild Card (Peak, 2005) and is now married to him, composed the elegant "Sweet Lullaby." The acoustic guitar carries this tune. The accompaniment is subtle, save for Heller's piano solo. Karasony comes out a little more with crisp hi-hat play, which is accented by rim shots during the closing sequence.
|Author:||Yaredt Leon; Brian McKnight; Rippingtons (Musical group)|
|Publisher:||Beverly Hills, CA : Peak ; distributed by Concord, 2006.|
|Edition/Format:||Music CD : CD audio : DVD audio Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats|
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David Benoit joins on acoustic piano for the elegant Latin piece "Costa Del Sol, co-written by Freeman and Yaredt Leon. Jeffrey Osborne, Patti Austin and Elena Leon perform wordless vocals, adding to the tropical flavor. Throughout, Freeman's guitars and, on some selections, bass, are in top form. He can adapt to any situation and plays with exceptional precision.
Jenni Rivera collaborated with notable producers and songwriters including Camilo Blanes, Amerika Jimenez, Dany Tomas, Yaredt Leon, Manuel E. Eduardo, Javier Sanroman and Espinoza Paz among others on the album. Rivera wrote two of the songs on the album herself and co-wrote some others.