The Rippingtons are an award-winning contemporary jazz group, founded by Russ Freeman in 1987. The band has enjoyed tremendous success from the beginning, with their groundbreaking album "Moonlighting". Jazziz magazine voted "Moonlighting" to be the #1 Most Influential Contemporary Jazz Album of all time.
Early personnel included David Benoit, Kenny G, Brandon Fields, and Gregg Karukas. Special guest stars have included Dave Grusin, Joe Sample, Dave Koz, Bob James, Kirk Whalum... the list goes on. In recent years people like Jeff Kashiwa made their names known from their association with the Ripps, and although the careers of many musicians have evolved from the Ripps, one thing remains constant: the songwriting and production skills of Russ Freeman. The band continues to grow and evolve musically, with a busy touring and recording schedule that shows no sign of letting up.
--- from the official The Rippingtons website