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Album Review

When Rick Braun and Richard Elliot formed their contemporary jazz record label, it was a sure bet that the sights and sounds heard from it would be designed to entertain and amaze the legions of fans who have followed their careers since Braun's days with War and Elliot's days with Tower of Power. This revelation is clearly emphasized on their first label collaboration, titled RnR. The music here is stylistically different from the songs they played back in the '70s, yet it flows from their collective musical minds like a natural extension with the same elements of spontaneity, soul, and sex appeal. Each tune is based on a particular rhythmical feel or texture: shuffle, boogaloo, Latin, funk, even 20th century cool and bebop colors. Opening with the title track, "RnR," the ensemble delivers an energetic jam filled with potent beats and horn charts that smoke in unison. "Sweet Somethin'" is a cool jazz gem that features Braun's refined trumpet talk in a conversation with Elliot's sensual saxophone. Braun calls, Elliot responds, and they stylistically bow with more than a nod to the groove. This song is sweet and hot. "The Stranger" is an exotic burner that features the vamp from "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets." With their smoldering riffs improvised around the potent melody, this song is both familiar and fresh. The smash hit "São Paulo" makes its physical debut on this disc, having been a bonus download for fans visiting the artist's website. Breezy and romantic, its Brazilian jazz flavors spice up the act and will have you chillin' in its tropical ambience. With great performances emanating from both Braun and Elliot, RnR is exciting and lively, yet warm, sexy, and mellow. It is in this experimental way that you begin to grasp the depth of their combined signature sounds and the impact it will have on their devoted and new fans alike. Highly recommended.

Customer Reviews

Rick and Richard at their best!

You know I was never much of a trumpet lover. I always leaned more towards the saxophone but in this album Rick really shows just what the trumpet can do. Taking it from soft slow and romatic melodies to fast paced echos of Richard Elliot's sax, the well known trumpet artist brings new meaning to his instrument. As for Richard and his sexy zeebra sax that has become his infamous icon in today's jazz word, he has done it again at showing his incredible range of techniques he has with making the saxophone do things that other jazz artists simply could not. From twangy middle notes, breathy lows, and screamin' highs, Elliot brings such sexy jazz to us in this amazingly produced and engineed album along with Rick that now ties the two artists even closer together.

R & R

Rick Braun and Richard Elliot are great together!! I recently saw them in concert and they put on an incredible show. Never a disappointment!!! This CD is great....lots of great funky jazz!!!

Hot Fun in the Summertime

Great funky driven originals and groove tunes by two excellent horn players. Not Miles Davis and John Coltrane trumpet and tenor sax frontline sound. More like the great Brecker brothers funk skunk band of the 70s. You won't go wrong if you download this cd by Rick Braun and Richard Elliot.

Biography

Born: January 16, 1960 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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