Russ Freeman is one of the smooth jazz artists who draws inspiration in traveling. Previous albums such as Sahara, Weekend In Monaco, Life In The Tropics, and Curves Ahead demonstrate Russ Freeman and the Rippington's musical style, which takes you to exotic smooth jazz sojourns. The album Topaz takes its listeners to the New Mexico arts community of Taos.
Taos is an album rich in Spanish vibes. Russ Freeman creates the perfect musical experience that takes you to the Mexican environment. Topaz opens with the smooth track Taos. It contains a gently loping flamenco pattern mixed with an electric guitar-driven hook, which is reminiscent of Freeman's previous album Black Diamond. Under A Spanish Moon starts out with an steady flamenco riff which progresses into a latin-flavored energetic vibe which reflects a dusty desert trail. Russ Freeman and the Rippingtons still continue what they do best, which is creating great melodies.