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4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings
13 Ratings

ALWAYS like Richard E..BUTT..

RelaxedMike

My man Elliot latched on to the commercail venue, And..he;s good at it! Somehow though, I've always thought he was more capable. CD is funky..I'll give it that..but no more. Just wish he;s expanf his chops!

NICE

timspin1

It is funky and mellow good sound nice songs I believe these new songs will sound great live ( europa,and when a man loves a woman back to back live and Mr Nate s wild ride would be a great opening song, Harry the hipster would sound great live ( cant wait to see him in november)

AWESOME TUNES, LOTSA FUNK, SMOKIN' HORN SECTION

VLBeck

With the release of “Summer Madness,” tenor saxophonist Richard Elliot proves that he’s still on top of his game! Each track is unique, but they all come together to create a cohesive, “feel-good” album. There are three cover tunes – “Cachaca” by Spyro Gyra, “Europa” by Santana, and “Summer Madness” by Earth Wind & Fire – and while Richard stayed true to the original melodies, he put his own touches on them and gave them a fresh sound. The horn section on “Cachaca” sounds amazing without being overpowering, and the song has more of a dance groove. The first time I listened to Richard’s version of “Europa,” it brought tears to my eyes because he played it with such deep emotion. I never thought I would hear a version of “Europa” that I liked better than Gato Barbieri’s, but I believe Richard has won me over! “Summer Madness” has a hypnotic vibe to it, and Richard’s EWI (electronic wind instrument) recreates the synthesized parts from the original beautifully.

The other seven songs are original compositions that Richard co-wrote with producer Rick Braun and various members of his band. “Breakin’ It Down” has a laid-back, funky groove, and the layered trumpet & trombone parts played by Rick Braun add a cool flair to the mix. “West Coast Jam” begins with a woman exclaiming, “Are you ready to dance?!”, and believe me, you’d better be ready! It’s a signature Richard Elliot tune that’ll get your toes tappin’ and your head boppin’ in no time! “Harry The Hipster” is indeed hip, almost too cool for its own good. I especially like the way the horns punctuate the choruses, and Ron Reinhardt serves up a smokin’ keyboard solo on this one. “Slam-O-Rama” lives up to its name, with its driving beat, intense melody, and powerful horn section that reckons back to Richard’s “Tower of Power” days. “Back To You,” co-written by bassist Nathaniel Phillips, is my favorite track on the whole CD. Its sweet melody just flows so beautifully on Richard’s sax, and I can’t help but sing along every time the track plays. “Ludicrous Speed” is another tune that lives up to its name, with its fast chord changes and breathtaking runs up and down Richard’s saxophone. Again, the horn section and percussion supply the energy that keeps this song racing onward. The CD wraps up with “Mr. Nate’s Wild Ride,” another tune penned by bassist Nathaniel Phillips. The horn section really sizzles over Nate’s funky, driving bass line, and Richard delivers some amazing sax work.

I’ve read that Richard Elliot wanted his CD, “Summer Madness,” to be a throwback to the great horn bands that he grew up listening to, and I’d have to say that he succeeded! It’s a great album, from beginning to end. Pick up a copy today!

About 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 classic West Coast 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.

As a solo artist, Elliot debuted with his self-produced City Speak (1996), followed by After Dark (1994), On the Town (1991), Power of Suggestion (1988), Take to the Skies (1989), Trolltown (1986), What's Inside (1990), and Initial Approach (1987), all for Blue Note/Capitol Records. Two albums he had recorded for the now-defunct Enigma label were re-released on Capitol. His 1993 album, Soul Embrace, rocketed to the top of the Billboard contemporary jazz charts. Elliot's 1999 effort, Chill Factor, proved to be his final studio album for Blue Note. The label issued The Best of Richard Elliot in 2000. The following year he moved over to GRP, where he debuted with Crush. After a world tour in late 2001 and 2002, he returned with Ricochet in 2003. Produced by keyboardist Jeff Lorber, who also played on the date, the album also featured contributions from guitarist Jonathan Butler, keyboardist Rex Rideout, percussionist Lenny Castro, and others.

After parting ways with GRP, Elliot founded ARTizen Music Group with trumpeter Rick Braun. His debut for the imprint was Metro Blue in 2005, which reached 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. Two years later, he and Braun collaborated again on RnR. The title track from the album spent over two months at number one on the smooth jazz chart. Elliot and Braun eventually sold their label to Artistry Music, which is distributed by Mack Avenue. The first album for Artistry was 2009's Rock Steady. Inspired by Elliot's love of R&B, the album featured both originals and covers, including 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. As with its two predecessors, Rock Steady charted, spending 40 weeks on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart. 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. He then joined saxophonists Dave Koz, Mindi Abair, and Albright for the all-star collaboration Summer Horns, which garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Pop Album.

Elliot returned to his own work in 2014 with Lip Service, his first album for the Heads Up/Concord Music Group. Inspired by his love for his wife, the album featured a mix of originals and covers, including reworkings of Brian McKnight's "Anytime," Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man," and a version of the Manhattans' "Shining Star" arranged by fellow Tower of Power alumnus trumpeter Greg Adams. In 2016, Elliot delivered his second album for Heads Up/Concord, the '70s funk and fusion-influenced Summer Madness. Produced by and featuring longtime creative partner Braun, the album also showcased contributions from saxophonist Curt Waylee, bassist Nathaniel Phillips, and others. Included on Summer Madness was a cover of Spyro Gyra's "Cachaca." ~ Richard Skelly & Thom Jurek

HOMETOWN
Glasgow, Scotland
GENRE
Jazz
BORN
January 16, 1960

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