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August 13, 1986 | DON SNOWDEN
The surprise one patron expressed at the full house packing the Baked Potato on Monday was one indication of the rapid strides Russ Freeman has made in his career this year. His "Nocturnal Playground" album is knocking on the door of the Top 10 in the jazz charts, and the command of fusion fundamentals the 26-year-old guitarist/composer displayed during the 90-minute set showed that he could become a regular fixture there.
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July 10, 2002 | JON THURBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russ Freeman, a jazz pianist best known for his pivotal supporting role in the early work of mercurial trumpeter Chet Baker, has died. He was 76. Freeman, who also had a long and musically productive association with the drummer Shelly Manne, died June 27 at a hospice in Las Vegas. The cause of death was not announced by his family. In 1954, Freeman was hired by Richard Bock, the founder of Pacific Jazz records, to work with Baker on the trumpeter's first recording for the label.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2002 | JON THURBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russ Freeman, a jazz pianist best known for his pivotal supporting role in the early work of mercurial trumpeter Chet Baker, has died. He was 76. Freeman, who also had a long and musically productive association with the drummer Shelly Manne, died June 27 at a hospice in Las Vegas. The cause of death was not announced by his family. In 1954, Freeman was hired by Richard Bock, the founder of Pacific Jazz records, to work with Baker on the trumpeter's first recording for the label.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Gershwin took second place to "Beyond" again Sunday night at the Skirball Cultural Center's "Gershwin and Beyond" program. Pianist Fred Hersch's repertoire, like Brad Mehldau's in a concert two weeks ago in the same venue, offered only a few Gershwin numbers--two, in fact: "Embraceable You" and "I Loves You Porgy." Fortunately, Hersch is such a diversified artist that the material he presented in the balance of his program was compelling enough to more than compensate for the shift in emphasis.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 1987 | THOMAS K. ARNOLD
Russ Freeman is a self-professed "country bumpkin" from Nashville who also happens to be one of the hottest new names in contemporary jazz. Last year, the 27-year-old fusion guitarist's debut album, "Nocturnal Playground," rocketed into the Top 10 on Billboard's national jazz chart within weeks of its release.
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February 17, 1989 | DON HECKMAN
When a jazz fusion band called the Rippingtons is led by a guitarist/composer named Russ Freeman, one can't help but ask the obvious question: Where did the name come from? Is it a respectful identification with a long-gone but highly respected uncle? Or maybe a slightly enigmatic English reference--as in "Jack the Rippington?" Turns out that the real answer is a lot more to the point.
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September 9, 1994 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Zan Stewart writes regularly about jazz for The Times
The pop-based contemporary jazz sounds that emanate from Russ Freeman's band, the Rippingtons, probably won't immediately remind you of Duke Ellington. But surprisingly, there's a lot of similarity between the approaches of the 34-year-old guitarist from Galveston, Tex., and the maestro. First, both men considered the orchestra--or in Freeman's case, his band--their chief instrument.
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September 8, 1995 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Russ Freeman & the Rippingtons have cruised the length and breadth of contemporary jazz. The group's seventh album, "Sahara," has sold more than 300,000 copies; they've just returned from a tour of Southeast Asia, and guitarist Freeman, who founded the ensemble in 1988, has a solo album of holiday music due later this year. So what else is new? Well, how about Rippingtons tunes as music therapy?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 1993
As a pianist and composer I was fortunate to have the privilege of working and recording with many of the finest jazz musicians in the world. With regard to your article: I didn't know whether to laugh or to cry. RUSS FREEMAN West Hills
NEWS
May 20, 1993
Way back in 1986, guitarist Russ Freeman was busy tinkering with his guitars and synthesizers in Los Angeles, trying to make a happy marriage of jazz and pop. Now, Freeman's band, the Rippingtons, has six popular albums out and is one of the main attractions in what has become an unprecedented boom in commercial jazz. Freeman and his outfit will appear Saturday night at the Ventura Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's a burden of responsibility for a musician to bear a name like David Ornette Cherry. His father was pocket trumpeter and seminal world fusion artist Don Cherry, and his middle name traces to Ornette Coleman--his father's partner in one of the '60s' most revolutionary jazz ensembles. But Cherry, a keyboardist who performs tonight and Saturday with his group, Impressions of Energy, at the Jazz Bakery, doesn't see it as a problem. "I accept where I came from," he says.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 1995 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Russ Freeman & the Rippingtons have cruised the length and breadth of contemporary jazz. The group's seventh album, "Sahara," has sold more than 300,000 copies; they've just returned from a tour of Southeast Asia, and guitarist Freeman, who founded the ensemble in 1988, has a solo album of holiday music due later this year. So what else is new? Well, how about Rippingtons tunes as music therapy?
NEWS
September 9, 1994 | ZAN STEWART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Zan Stewart writes regularly about jazz for The Times
The pop-based contemporary jazz sounds that emanate from Russ Freeman's band, the Rippingtons, probably won't immediately remind you of Duke Ellington. But surprisingly, there's a lot of similarity between the approaches of the 34-year-old guitarist from Galveston, Tex., and the maestro. First, both men considered the orchestra--or in Freeman's case, his band--their chief instrument.
NEWS
May 20, 1993
Way back in 1986, guitarist Russ Freeman was busy tinkering with his guitars and synthesizers in Los Angeles, trying to make a happy marriage of jazz and pop. Now, Freeman's band, the Rippingtons, has six popular albums out and is one of the main attractions in what has become an unprecedented boom in commercial jazz. Freeman and his outfit will appear Saturday night at the Ventura Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 1993
As a pianist and composer I was fortunate to have the privilege of working and recording with many of the finest jazz musicians in the world. With regard to your article: I didn't know whether to laugh or to cry. RUSS FREEMAN West Hills
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 1992 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Don't let his baby face fool you. Daniel Ho, the 24-year-old Hawaiian-born composer-keyboardist, already has seen his group, Kilauea, reach No. 1, not once but twice, on Radio and Records magazine's New Adult Contemporary playlist. But Ho--who plays the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano tonight with his band, which is named after a Hawaiian volcano--thinks comparisons with such instrumental Wunderkinds as Wynton Marsalis are inappropriate.
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May 1, 1992 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Don't let his baby face fool you. Daniel Ho, the 24-year-old Hawaiian-born composer-keyboardist, already has seen his group, Kilauea, reach No. 1, not once but twice, on Radio and Records magazine's New Adult Contemporary playlist. But Ho--who plays the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano tonight with his band, which is named after a Hawaiian volcano--thinks comparisons with such instrumental Wunderkinds as Wynton Marsalis are inappropriate.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Gershwin took second place to "Beyond" again Sunday night at the Skirball Cultural Center's "Gershwin and Beyond" program. Pianist Fred Hersch's repertoire, like Brad Mehldau's in a concert two weeks ago in the same venue, offered only a few Gershwin numbers--two, in fact: "Embraceable You" and "I Loves You Porgy." Fortunately, Hersch is such a diversified artist that the material he presented in the balance of his program was compelling enough to more than compensate for the shift in emphasis.
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April 18, 1991 | DIRK SUTRO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Pop stars including David Byrne, Sting, Peter Gabriel and PaulSimon have tapped the rhythms of Africa, Brazil and other exotic places for fresh inspiration. This new world consciousness has also fired the most recent music of Russ Freeman and the Rippingtons. Multi-instrumentalist Freeman, who writes all of the band's material, leaned heavily on imported rhythms for last year's "Welcome to the St. James Club."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 1989 | DON HECKMAN
When a jazz fusion band called the Rippingtons is led by a guitarist/composer named Russ Freeman, one can't help but ask the obvious question: Where did the name come from? Is it a respectful identification with a long-gone but highly respected uncle? Or maybe a slightly enigmatic English reference--as in "Jack the Rippington?" Turns out that the real answer is a lot more to the point.
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