Berks Jazz Fest 2011: The Rippingtons

The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman were the headliner of the afternoon tagged Smooth Jazz 92.7 Day, the lineup of the Ripps was Russ Freeman on guitar, Dave Karasony on drums, Rico Belled on bass, Jeff Kashiwa on saxophone and Bill Heller on keyboards. They kicked off the show with their classic "Welcome To The St. James' Club" from 1991, followed by "Modern Art" and a surf tuned called "Le Calypso" bringing an island feeling. Then things were slowed down with Russ on acoustic guitar playing a ballad medley of old favorites, bringing back fond memories. Then it was "Bingo Jingo" from the 20th Anniversary CD, later followed by "When It Feels Good" featuring Jeff Kashiwa burning on saxophone and a slamming bass solo by Rico Belled. As an encore, they played "Tourist In Paradise", segueing into a heavy rock jam with some Jimi Hendrix guitar. This was a solid concert by a class act.