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Wild Card [CD]

The Rippingtons, rippingtons Russ Freeman Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (12 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Concord Midline
  • ASIN: B0007XBMF2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Gypsy Eyes (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 4:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Wild Card (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 3:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. El Vacilón (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 4:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Paradise (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 5:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Spanish Girl (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 4:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mulata De Mi Amor (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 4:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Moonlight (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 3:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Till You Come Back To Me (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Lay It Down (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 4:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. King Of Hearts (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 4:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Into You (Album Version) [feat. Russ Freeman] 3:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mulata De Mi Amor (Instrumental) [feat. Russ Freeman] 3:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. In The End [feat. Russ Freeman] 4:14£0.79  Buy MP3 

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`Wild Card' (from 2005) saw The Rippingtons, featuring Russ Feeman, release of one of their most innovative and creatively diverse projects. Long considered one of the supergroups of smooth jazz, The Rippingtons combine their signature sound with a Latin and R&B flair. Also featuring some incredible guest artists - Albita, Willie Chirino, Chante Moore and Grammy Award winner Ozomatli.

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WEA 134318527; WEA ITALIANA - Italia;

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album 1 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Again I was introduced to The Rippingtons by my brother-in-law and again it is a style of music that I like. I would recommend it to those who want to listen to something different and original.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Album 30 Sep 2005
By Andy
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What can you say - another great album - definitely Rippingtons. It's all there - cool tunes, great arrangements, consummate performances and excellent production. I have a fair few Rippingtons albums and like the others, this one will be doing many, many revolutions in the CD player.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It sounds less than mediocre to me !!!! 1 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan since their "Moonlighting" album (I have them all), but after hearing the "Let It Ripp" disaster, I figured they would come back strong. I was sadly mistaken. The latin flavour is OK, but it seems to have consumed their focus, making all their music sound exactly the same. I used to buy their albums sight unseen, but those days are over. This will be the first Rippingtons CD I will not buy. I borrowed it from a friend,I listened to it one time and thought "Man, I've heard this before - it's called "Let It Ripp", and I refuse to get "ripped" again!"
What a waste!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ripped Apart 15 July 2005
By Paul Binder - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Rippingtons fan since 1990. It seems that with each new CD, the magic quality of the band has been slowly coming apart. Its almost as if the smooth jazz genre has morphed into this latin, "Saturday Night Live" band, R&B groove thing!! What happened? The real drums and the clear, crisp recordings of "Wild Card" are a step in the right direction. But what happened to the soothing sound of "Snowbound"? The warm, relaxing nocturnal feel of "One Summer Night in Brazil"? "Weekend in Monaco", where you could let the whole CD play from start to finish because there was a gratifying, musical continuity to it. I really hope that Russ will consider going back to his roots for his next project.Maybe, even consider letting Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Reid, or Tony Morales collaborate on a song or two. I realize even in music, things change, bands grow and evolve, but I miss the Rippingtons of the early 1990's. In the early days, the Rippingtons had a specific, definite signature sound. It seems to me, over the last couple of efforts, its been Ripped apart.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Something worse than Let it Ripp? 8 Aug 2005
By Jazzy J - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I didn't think the Ripps would release anything worse than Let it Ripp, but I was wrong. Wild Card is essentially an adequate CD, but truly a poor performance for the Ripps. When compared to earlier works such as Moonlighting and Welcome to the St James Club, the last two CDs are a complete wash. And what's the deal with the excessive latin leanings on this CD? It's extremely forced and really brings the album down a notch. The latin grooves were great on Life in the Tropics, but it doesn't work at all on Wild Card. I own every Rippingtons CD, but I feel this disaster may be my last contribution to Russ' retirement.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Going Downhill- where is the creativity??? 8 Oct 2005
By R. Mahon - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Wild Card was a disappointment with two songs out of the entire album. I have all of the other Rippington albums and this is the worst one to date. The Latin Theme drowns out any creativity that came with other efforts. My brand new copy is going out on Amazon and get what I can out of it. Strike off another artist/group that I buy a new release without checking the tracks first....what a disappointment!
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2.0 out of 5 stars only so much wine in the bottle 25 May 2005
By LarryPin - Published on
Format:Audio CD
There just doesn't seem to be much hope for more Rippingtons material. Take this CD and listen to it 10 times through then try to remember one melody. You can't. Now take one of the CD's from the Rippington's heyday like "Welcome to the St. James Club" or "Tourist In Paradise", listen to them one time through and I'll bet you can remember the melodies. The trouble with this new record isn't in the production (which gets 5 stars), it's in the weak writing. The hooks are there but there's no real melodies.

The players seem to be held at bay as well. I was really happy when Eric Marienthal replaced Paul Taylor on sax who had a sound so thin he sounded like the band would literally blow him off the stage; A guy like Eric Marienthal can play his butt off, but you'd never know that from this record where he is forced to play simple riff-oriented songs. If you're looking for background music, you may be satisfied but the Rippingtons and Russ are "Miles Away" from their best material.

There is one beautiful track on this record "In The End" which, while it has a less complete melody than say "One Summer Night In Brazil" or other Ripps ballads, has a very nice asthetic to it. The drumming on that track is especially nice.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste!!!! 1 Jun 2005
By Mark Mohr - Published on
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What a waste of good musicians and expensive studio time. This CD is a major disappointment. Memo to Russ Freeman: you are not Pancho Sanchez or Willie Bobo, so please lay off the latin rhythms. Also, please stop giving us CD's with vocals. They don't work and they ruin the flow of the music. Actually, the flow of music on this CD was pretty much ruined right away. The Rippingtons used to be a groove machine. You could listen to one of their albums and you'd be hooked. Now, this hollow band churns out elevator music. Dull. Boring. Lifeless. Hopeless. Snore. Is this the best you guys can do? Three Executive Producers were listed in the liner notes: Andi Howard, Russ Freeman and Mark Wexler. Were you people actually listening to these tracks as the band recorded them and did you actually think they were good? Russ, please hire some real "music people" and return to your glorious past instead of churning out this sleep-inducing drivel. This sounds like a cover band, imitating other successful music. What a huge disappointment. I miss the real Rippingtons. If you could just return them unharmed, no questions will be asked.
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