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Rippingtons as Exotica?
new2tiki
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Joined: Mar 28, 2003
Posts: 100
From: Orlando, FL
Posted: 2005-06-27 5:55 pm   Permalink

This may be a big stretch, but I'll post it anyway.

It's not Martin Denny or anything, but back in the late '80's/early '90's, I heard about this "Contemp. Jazz" band called The Rippingtons. First CD I heard was called "Tourist in Paradise". Got me into the modern Jazz scene.

Anyway, lots of the song titles have Exotica type titles, and many of the tracks have jungle/bird sounds, etc. and use some crazy percussion instruments etc.

For example--

Off Tourist--

One Summer Night in Brazil

Aruba!

Other tracks:

Nature of the Beast

Kenya

Tropic of Capricorn

There are others--some much more atmospheric than others.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Scott


 
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Digitiki
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Joined: Jul 22, 2004
Posts: 754
From: L.A. baby!
Posted: 2005-06-30 1:38 pm   Permalink

I was a fan of the Rippingtons way back when they put out their first album. I wouldn't call it exotica at all though. True, they have bird calls and quite a bit of percussion. But they are surely more pop jazz. Over the years the "pop jazz" scene just got way to polished and milky white for my tastes. But the early Rippingtons albums are still a nice listen.

 
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CheekyGirl
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Joined: May 21, 2003
Posts: 979
From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2005-06-30 2:38 pm   Permalink

Hey, my BF's good friend used to play with Rippingtons (drummer). He's not playing for them anymore...everything goes full circle in Tiki Central. Small World.

 
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saxotica
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Joined: May 03, 2005
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Posted: 2005-07-01 08:12 am   Permalink

If you like it, it's cool but it's not exotica and it sure as hell ain't jazz. For jazz try Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon,Ben Webster,Lester Young, Sonny Rollins [oops...all tenor players. am I biased?]

 
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MachTiki
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Joined: Feb 16, 2004
Posts: 1363
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2005-07-01 12:49 pm   Permalink

Since "New Age Jazz" isn't new anymore... Does that nake it "No-So-New Age Jazz"?

 
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Doctor Z
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From: The Hale Moana Lounge, Torrance, CA
Posted: 2005-07-01 5:59 pm   Permalink

I just so happen to have three Rippingtons cds up on eBay at the moment....

Tourist In Paradise

Welcome to the St. James Club

Curves Ahead

(Hey - when am I ever going to get another chance to link to any of my auctions, eh?)
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CheekyGirl
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From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2005-07-01 6:05 pm   Permalink

Yo whore! Kidding kidding....

 
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new2tiki
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Joined: Mar 28, 2003
Posts: 100
From: Orlando, FL
Posted: 2005-07-06 8:28 pm   Permalink

Cheeky:

Tony M.? If so, is he still doing the web design thing? Loved that cat.

Scott


 
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hypnotiki
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Joined: Jul 22, 2004
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From: Houston
Posted: 2005-07-07 2:23 pm   Permalink

I second saxotica's jazz reference to Sonnny Rollins...possibly one of the best in my opinion...
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lucas vigor
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Joined: May 12, 2004
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From: SOCAL
Posted: 2005-07-11 07:34 am   Permalink

If you can catch the rippingtons live, you won't be dissapointed. They are my favorite smooth jazz band (well, actually the only smooth jazz band I like). On record, they can be a little too soothing, but live is a different story.

On another vein, has anyone heard Meshell Ndegeocello's new album? It is way cool!


 
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bongofury
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Joined: Oct 15, 2002
Posts: 1546
From: Ventura County
Posted: 2005-07-15 3:13 pm   Permalink

I saw the Rippinggtons at The Catalina Jazztracks Festival back in 1988, they were very good. I recently sold 2 of their cds on Amazon. For some reason that stuff sells better for me than the Miles Davis, Albert Ayler,Bud Powell, Dexter Gordon cds. A lot of the "Smooth Jazz" artists had bird calls (Jeff Linsky-Exotica from the 1992 Rendezvous cd) or ocean sounds (Swiss slide guitar master Max Lassar-Oceania from the 1992 A Different Kind Of Blue cd). Even some rockers get in on the action sometimes.....check out Incubus-Aqueous Transmission off the Morning View cd, ends with lots of frogs. When I hear that song I think it would be good background for Taderpups cocktail ceremony with the cool Japanese Koto behing the vocals. Ronnie Montrose also mellowed out on Koto for one track on the rockin Territory cd.

 
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