The Rippingtons: Moonlighting


She Likes To Watch


The Rippingtons


Moonlighting (GRP GRD-9605)

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Russell Freeman (keyboards), Kenny G (soprano sax),

Gregg Karukas (keyboards), Bill Lanphier (bass), Tony Morales (cymbals, hi-hat), Steve Reid (EMU percussion)


Recorded: No recording date given; CD released in 1986


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

In 1986, guitarist Russ Freeman enlisted some musician friends to “moonlight” as a band called the Rippingtons and record an album called, appropriately, Moonlighting. And what a group he assembled! The players included Kenny G, David Benoit, and Dave Koz, who went on to contemporary jazz and smooth-jazz stardom -- as did the Rippingtons, whose lineup subsequently changed. Moonlighting is now widely considered a contemporary jazz classic, and one of its highlights is “She Likes To Watch.” This sprightly, Kenny G-led tune exemplifies Freeman’s talent for composing catchy melodies and remains a genre staple all these years later.

Reviewer: Lucy Tauss

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