Black Diamond is the newest release from Rippingtons, and I can solely think of one word to explain this CD? AWESOME!
This one grabs your consideration right from the very beginning with Black Diamond and will not let go until the very last word of the final track Jewel Thieves, which by the way in which is one other nice observe.
Black Diamond has a pleasantly varied, mix of eleven tracks which can be very effectively written and brilliantly performed songs by these clearly outstanding musicians. With lots of the songs displaying a whole lot of the type emotion that makes for a extremely nice hear. Seemingly drawing from what I can only think about are their very own actual life experiences. At completely different points concerning probably the most actual feelings of affection, heartbreak, ache, failed relationships and unattainable romance. They're all right here.
One of the nicer issues a couple of CD like that is when the expertise is that this wealthy even if Smooth Jazz is not your favorite model you still can't help however respect the greatness of the musicians.
I'm of the opinion that Black Diamond is definitely some of this teams best work in a couple of years. A very pleasurable CD and an excellent launch. What I call should have music. I give it two thumbs up because it is a assortment that even the informal Smooth Jazz fan can admire and revel in.
While this entire album is actually very good a few of my favorites are monitor 2 - Deep Powder, track 5 - In Another Life, and track 3 - Seven Nights In Rome
My SmoothLee Bonus Pick, and the one which got Sore [...as in "Stuck On REpeat"] is observe 7 - If I Owned The World. Outstanding!
Black Diamond Launch Notes:
Rippingtons initially released Black Diamond on Sep sixteen, 1997 on the Windham Hill Jazz label.
CD Monitor Record Follows:
1. Black Diamond 2. Deep Powder 3. Seven Nights In Rome 4. Soul Seeker 5. In One other Life 6. Big Sky 7. If I Owned The World 8. North Peak 9. Angel Fire 10. Jewel Thieves 11. Black Diamond - (acoustic model)
Personnel: Russ Freeman (acoustic, electric, classical, slide, baritone & 12-string guitars, mandolin, keyboards, bass, percussion, loops, drum programming); Mark Williamson (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion); Jeff Kashiwa (soprano & tenor saxophones, EWI); Nelson Rangell (alto & tenor saxophones, flute); Arturo Sandoval, Mark Ledford (trumpet); David Kochanski (piano, organ, keyboards, drum programming); Brian Moore (guitar, 12-string guitar); Kim Stone (bass, fretless bass); Steve Reid, Pete Escovedo (percussion).