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Richard Elliot

Although he's called a "smooth jazz" artist, saxophonist Richard Elliot is equally at home with most rock & roll and the kind of classic R&B performed by the group Tower of Power. For five years in the 1980s, he was a big part of the classic R&B band's horn-based sound. The Scottish-born Elliot was raised in Los Angeles, where he quickly became a fan of West Coast classic R&B. Elliot landed his first job while still a teenager with Natalie Cole and the Pointer Sisters. A few years later, he was tapped to record with some of his idols from Motown Records, which had relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles. In the 1970s, he had the chance to record with Smokey Robinson, the Four Tops, and the Temptations. Elliot was later tapped to record with the Yellowjackets on their second album. After touring with Melissa Manchester for a time, he was asked to become a full-fledged member of the Tower of Power horns in 1982. He stayed with the group until 1987 and looks back fondly on those years, since they shaped the style he has today. When he's not playing his over 100 dates a year, Elliot pilots a small aircraft; he was also a partner in PacificNet, an Internet multimedia company that developed websites for the music and entertainment industries.

Elliot's albums under his own name include his self-produced City Speak (1996), After Dark (1994), On the Town (1991), Power of Suggestion (1988), Take to the Skies (1989), Trolltown (1986), What's Inside (1990), Initial Approach (1987), and Soul Embrace (1993), all for Blue Note/Capitol Records. Two albums he had recorded for the now-defunct Enigma were re-released on Capitol. His 1993 album Soul Embrace rocketed to the top of the Billboard contemporary jazz charts, and though Elliot has a smooth jazz sound that could be compared with Kenny G's, albums like 1999's Chill Factor prove that his take on contemporary jazz is more firmly rooted in jazz tradition. Chill Factor proved to be Elliot's final album -- of new material -- for Blue Note. The label issued The Best of Richard Elliot in 2000, while he moved over to GRP to issue his debut for the imprint, Crush, in 2001. The album's personnel also included Jonathan Butler and Jeff Lorber. After a world tour in late 2001 and 2002, he returned with Ricochet in 2003, produced by Lorber, who also played keyboards on the date, as did Rex Rideout; it also featured percussionist Lenny Castro. Neither of these albums were reviewed well, though they sold in sufficient quantities, charted, and got radio play.

Again, while Blue Note was issuing another compilation -- this time Ballads -- Elliot left GRP and founded ARTizen Music Group with Rick Braun. His debut for the imprint was Metro Blue in 2005, which debuted at number two on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart. Its single, a cover of the Stylistics' "People Make the World Go Round," spent 11 weeks at number one on the Radio & Records airplay chart. The album redeemed Elliot with critics. In 2007, he collaborated with Braun for the album RnR. The title track from the album spent over two months at number one on the smooth jazz chart. Elliot and Braun toured together in support of the album and later sold their label to Artistry Music, which is distributed by Mack Avenue. The first album for Artistry was 2009's Rock Steady, a collection of originals and covers that included readings of Aretha Franklin's title track and Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up." Musicians Braun, Gerald Albright, and Lorber all made key contributions to the set. With its two predecessors, Rock Steady (a tribute to Elliot's R&B influences) not only charted, it spent 40 weeks on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart; it was well received critically and commercially. Elliot and Lorber teamed again to produce 2011's In the Zone, a collection of nine originals and a striking cover of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)." The album was released in mid-October and marked Elliot's 25th anniversary as a recording artist. ~ Richard Skelly & Thom Jurek, Rovi
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Comments

the horns have it, alright!!!
All about the sax
All of the wonderful comments about RE and smooth Jazz really makes my heart �� sing.
lakers_27
Good music
Beautiful
I saw him perform at City Jazz in Orlando FL years ago and I am still impressed on his performance! He's very handsome too.
It's night time in Hawaii and this song 'hits-the -spot,' Hey ATL, T. W. will be back on the airwaves, soon!!
I love his music
Richard Elliot is nothing but the truth. I enjoy the driving I do each week with his concerts to and from work.usually 8 to 10 hours drives.it the music keeps me upbeat and cool as the other side of the pillow.
tpoe9life
HE'S the MAN !!! TRAVELING MUSIC even to the GROCERY STORE !
He's awesome . . . Love his music
BLOW BABY BLOW THIS BRO CAN BLOW THIS SAX O.M.G....... Y E A !
This song brings great memories of my late Dad!! Thank you Mr. Elliott and to Peter White on guitar a sweet mix.
Richard I have seen you perform so many times. I never get tired!
Keep playing like this and you will be one of the greatest!!!
RE you are the BOMB!
Reminds me of floating on the ocean!
Love. This music thnk you
Just saw Richard Elliot on Tour with Dave Koz Summer Horns. Amazing! Check the tour for your city NOW!
Sitting on my balcony chillin listening to smooth jazz and sipping on a strawberry smoothie. Life is good!
Whutchman737
love this music reallllsmoot h z
SMOOTH IT IS.......... . . . . . . . . . . . .
Love his music.
I LOVE THE MELLOW AND JAZZY SOUNDS OF RICHARD ELLIOT. HE HAS BECOME ONE OF MY MANY ARTIST IN JAZZ
Nothing like listening to smooth jazz with a smooth glass of wine. Love it.
I love smooth Jazz, I played solo trumpet in high school my senior year but my favorite instrument is and has always been the saxophone, loves Richard Elliott
I love jazz its my favorite music .lee
janis1992
Sax players with a groove like Richard make the World a Better Place !
I like Ricochet he's Jammin.
annowen8
Smooth sounds, enhances reflection.
simply incredible
Just love the smooth jazz, soooooo,swee t .
This reminds me of my apt.in buffalo.
bakkacorpora t i o n
God gives us gifted souls once in a life time and Richard is the Gift from God
Very nice
How. Are. Mr. Elliot? A. Fine. Evening
Here. In. FL. About. 80 degrees.
Boom. Town. Brings. Back. Old
memories. When. I. First Met. You.
Are. Still. Jetting. Around? Take. Care
This is rich smooth like liquid chocolate
Saw him and Booney James in concert last week..Great Show!!!!
I had the opportunity to see R. Elliot last year when he toured with "Dave Koz & Friends". It was a fantastic concert and, of course, Richard brought the house down!!
Grooving to this beautiful sound. Richard Elliot, another great on smooth jazz. Saw him perform on a dinner cruise. Was amazing time
First time hearing Richard. I love his groove...
I love R. Elliott's true to Jazz music..Pleas e come to Cols. Oh. for a true to Jazz show featuring U!!!
Always did like smoothness in his jazzz!! ;-)
Crusin by the beach music pch!
Great
Best jazz ev
Gifted
He's wonderful ......
serquelia
He is good at this.I will have to listen to more of him.
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