The Rippingtons take the ‘Open Road’

The smooth jazz veterans have put out a new album.

Veteran smooth jazz group The Rippingtons have put out a new album, Open Road, which has already topped the iTunes jazz charts since its release last Friday.

The 11-track record follows True Stories, the 2016 record which marked the 30th anniversary of The Rippingtons. The prolific outfit may have decades of experience and material under their belts, but they still sought to push boundaries for Open Road.

“The concept of Open Road took shape when I realized we had perhaps run out of pavement for the old way of thinking, but there were limitless choices to make about the future,” bandleader Russ Freeman said in a statement.

“I went back to basics in some ways, focusing on what energizes me most—great melodies, dynamic arrangements and virtuoso playing,” he added. “But there are a lot of incredible new technologies I wanted to leverage as well.”

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