by Russ Freeman


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On this CD, Russ Freeman, the popular multi-instrumentalist leader of the Rippingtons, performs 11 Christmas songs and his originals "Faith" and "Holiday." Freeman, who plays keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and even mandolin on the date, leads a variety of musicians through funky jams and also takes a few of the more reverent interpretations by himself. With guest appearances from saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa, keyboardist Bob James, and a hot horn section (most notably on a salsafied version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"), Freeman clearly enjoyed this "holiday" from the Rippingtons. The overall results are lightweight, funky, melodic and reasonably pleasing as superior background music. Other highlights include "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," "My Favorite Things," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/1995
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0011105982627
catalogNumber: 9826
Rank: 124401

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Russ Freeman   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,12-string Guitar,Multi Instruments,Classical Guitar
Bob James   Piano
John Patitucci   Bass
Steve Bailey   Acoustic Bass
Bridgette Bryant   Vocals
Lynne Fiddmont   Vocals
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Hilary James   Piano,Electric Piano
Jeff Kashiwa   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Judd Miller   Synthesizer,EWI
Marcus Miller   Bass
Lillian Tynes   Vocals
Steve Reed   Percussion
Jeff Koshiwa   Saxophone
Steven Holtman   Trombone

Technical Credits

Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Ken Freeman   Engineer
John Reading   Composer
Charles Wesley   Composer
Alan Hirschberg   Engineer
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
Lou Baxter   Composer
Johnny Moore   Composer
Russ Freeman   Producer,Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,Rhythm Programming

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