- Clearance CDs with the ZHUS prefix may be specifically marked for one-way sale
- Released: May 17, 2005
- Label: Peak Records
JazzTimes - p.103
"[D]elightfully high-spirited, Latin-tinged....Freeman's trademark catchy melodies are still amply represented."
- 1.Gypsy Eyes
- 2.Wild Card
- 3.Vacilón, El
- 5.Spanish Girl
- 6.Mulata de Mi Amor
- 8.Till You Come Back to Me
- 9.Lay It Down
- 10.King of Hearts
- 11.Into You
- 12.Mulata de Mi Amor - (Instrumental)
- 13.In the End
The Rippingtons: Kim Stone (bass instrument); Eric Marienthal, Russ Freeman , Bill Heller, Scott Breadman, Dave Karasony.
Personnel: Willy Chirino, Chant? Moore (vocals, background vocals); Russ Freeman (guitar, keyboards, programming); Eric Marienthal (saxophone); Gary Grant, Bill Riechenbach, Jerry Hey (trumpet); Bill Heller (piano, keyboards); Dave Karasony (drums); Scott Breadman (percussion); Ozomatli, Raúl Pacheco, Asdrubal Sierra, Sheffer Bruton (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Albita, Chant? Moore.
Audio Mixer: Steve Sykes.
Recording information: Castle Oaks Studios, Calabasas, CA; Latinum Music Studios, Miami, FL; Surfboard Studios, Boca Raton, FL.
Illustrator: Bill Mayer.
Photographer: Carl Studna.
Arrangers: Russ Freeman ; Lloyd Talbot; Ralph Sutton .
Smooth jazz stalwarts the Rippingtons infuse their trademark brand of instrumental pop with a Latin aesthetic on Wild Card. Once again featuring the lead guitar of Russ Freeman, the Rippingtons deliver a solid collection of mellow contemporary pop and lite jazz that should please longtime fans. Evenly split between R&B-inflected cuts such as the Aretha Franklin hit "Till You Come Back to Me" and Latin tracks including the flamenco-inspired "Spanish Girl" and the salsa-ready "Mulata di Mi Amor," Wild Card is a pleasant listen. ~ Matt Collar