The Rippingtons: Moonlighting
She Likes To Watch
Moonlighting (GRP GRD-9605)
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