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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 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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Summer Madness

1. Cachaca

2. Breakin’ It Down

3. Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile)

4. West Coast Jam

5. Harry The Hipster

6. Slam-O-Rama

7. Back To You

8. Ludicrous Speed

9. Summer Madness

10. Mr. Nate’s Wild Ride

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Track List: Lip Service

1. Desire

2. Lip Service

3. Given It Up

4. Sweet Spot

5. Sookie Sookie

6. All The Way

7. When I Was Your Man

8. Shining Star

9. City Lights

10. Anytime

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Track List: Number Ones

1. Here And Now

2. Moomba

3. People Make The World Go Round

4. Mystery

5. RnR

6. Move On Up

7. Retro Boy

8. Island Style

9. Boom Town

10. Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler)

11. Island Style (Live)

12. Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler) (Live)

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Track List: In The Zone

1. Island Style

2. Boom Town

3. Metropolis

4. Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler)

5. The Lower Road

6. Bring It!

7. Just A Taste

8. In The Zone

9. Panamera

10. Golden Triangle

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Track List: Rock Steady

1. Move On Up

2. Straight Up

3. Yaquala

4. Restless

5. Retroboy

6. License To Chill

7. Candice Dance

8. Rock Steady

9. The Preacher

10. Spindrift

11. Keep On Truckin'

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Track List: Ricochet

1. Corner Pocket

2. Ricochet

3. Rendezvous

4. Sweet Memories

5. So Good

6. Seven Sacred Pools

7. Slam

8. You Make Me Feel Brand New

9. Sake For Two

10. Sly

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Track List: Ballads

1. Here And Now

2. Adia

3. Song For Her

4. When A Man Loves A Woman

5. All Night

6. Sweet Dream

7. I'll Make Love To You

8. Judy's Song

9. Bridge Over Troubled Water

10. Mikayla's Smile

11. Because I Love You

12. Imagine

13. Just Me And You

14. Over The Rainbow

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Track List: Crush

1. Crush

2. Q.T.

3. Still Sweet On You

4. If I Kissed You

5. Work All Night

6. Melrose Diner

7. Brand New Love Affair

8. Coco

9. Shotgun

10. Sticky Wicked

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Track List: The Best Of Richard Elliot

1. Street Beat

2. On The Fly

3. When A Man Loves A Woman

4. If You Want My Love

5. In The Name Of Love

6. In The Groove

7. Over The Rainbow

8. Take Your Time

9. Candlelight

10. Who?

11. When The Lights Go Out

12. The Power Of Suggestion

13. Chill Factor

14. I'm Not In Love

15. Just Me And You

16. Here And Now

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Track List: Chill Factor

1. Moomba

2. Chill Factor

3. Deep Touch

4. This Could Be Real

5. Who?

6. On The Fly

7. Adia

8. Like Butter

9. Kick It Up

10. Ain't Nothin' Like The Real Thing

11. Mikayla's Smile

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Track List: Jumpin' Off

1. Jumpin' Off

2. All Night

3. If You Want My Love

4. Here And Now

5. Tell Me About It

6. Slow Burn

7. In The Groove

8. One Last Kiss

9. Nobody Knows

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Track List: City Speak

1. City Speak

2. Walk The Walk

3. Unspoken Words

4. Amazon

5. I'll Make Love To You

6. Scotland

7. Sweet Surrender

8. Down Hill Run

9. When The Lights Go Out

10. All I Need

11. That's All She Wrote

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Track List: After Dark

1. Street Beat

2. Song For Her

3. As I Sleep

4. After Dark

5. El Anio

6. Tonight

7. On The Run

8. If Tomorrow Never Comes

9. Hold Me Tight

10. Bridge Over Troubled Water

11. The Boys From The Bay

12. Candlelight

13. So Special

14. Slow It Down

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Track List: Soul Embrace

1. Sweat

2. Sweet Dream

3. Deep Blue

4. I'm Not In Love

5. Promises

6. Because I Love You

7. Just Do It

8. Embrace

9. Never Gonna Break Your Heart

10. Heartland

11. Calle Del Soul

12. By The Fire

13. Lost In A Minute

14. Up All Night

15. Alone At Sea

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Track List: On The Town

1. Along The Way

2. By My Side

3. Take This Heart

4. Stilletto Heels (Instrumental)

5. Midnight Passion

6. Don't Cry Now

7. On The Town

8. Into The Light

9. Breezer

10. Highway 1

11. In Your Face

12. Over The Rainbow

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Track List: Take To The Skies

1. I'm Loving You

2. Boardwalk Walk

3. Take To The Skies

4. In The Name Of Love

5. When A Man Loves A Woman

6. The Grip

7. In Your Arms

8. Moonlight In Your Eyes

9. Down To The Key

10. 4:00 A.M.

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Track List: Retro Boy (Radio Single)

1. Retro Boy

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I love me some Richard Elliott all his songs or so great
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This is my favorite Richard Elliot CD! And we all know how prolific a musician he is. I think that all of the songs flow so well together and the musicians communicate so effectively with each other....he is a definitely a give it all you've got, gutsy saxman...gre a t ballads, mid tempo tunes, and the funky factor permeates the project!
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read and ignore this you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar. Your crushes name will appear on the screen it is so creepy but it works.
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Richard Elliot is one of the best ever.
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Good stuff. Grade-A Jazz.
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Meliane ellias
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Richard is a great sax player I have been following him for ever " make that tenor talk" big man!!!
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elizabeth.qu i d e r a
I LOVE his Music! Not to mention that he and his wife are a very sweet couple. Super nice guy and down to earth.
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great Saxplayer put on great show. Love you from C town
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Love this guy. He is absolutely the best
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Soothing, Mellow, Classy....
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Nice and relaxing
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Fantastic!
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love Elliot's music next to Marion Meadows :)
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Strong sax man. Pandora you won't let me go to bed. Just great.
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Loving this! Wail on!
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Going to see Richard Elliot on 8/26/2016. Can't wait!
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Good riding music.
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So nice, good relaxing music...
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So romantic , there are lyrics but the instrument are great.....lo v e both
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blackace7
This is his Best album so for, Love it
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Yes, yes. Sweet jazz to smooth my soul.
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Classic sound!
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Smoooooooth Jazz at its finest
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janice.johns o n 2
luv 'em all!
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Pacmaan64
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Great live very soulful great band
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glennlaird6
What about his early days as Norman Nostril and the Nosepickers in the early 70's? I bet almost no one knows that era of his music.
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Love his music. So relaxing..
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Love his music. What? No mention of his years in the 1970's with band Kitty Hawk? They produced two incredible albums: Kitty Hawk and Race for the Oasis. If you want to see him and the rest of this phenomenal group in action with Richard plying sax and lryicon, check out the videos on U Tube - Kitty Hawk First Flight Islands special. You won't be sorry you did....
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Early morning music, you know that this is what will help you to relax and enjoy the day .
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The best of smooth jazz, makes my evenings.
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Great jazz, got most of his jams
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He also talk to me with his music,s
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Let The Sounds lead what's in Your Head ZONE❤️
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I like the saxaphone that Richard Elliot plays
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livingjoy
Smooth
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blackknight5 7
blow daddy blow
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Really enjoy Mr. Smooth Elliot. Rico
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Yes he can play that instruments
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Yes he can play that instrument.
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rmusicus
That's a horrible thing to be compared to Kenny G. Really?
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gypsyme3
You may b toooo young b ut there was a great song b y ESSEX .. Walking miracle !!! Heard today !! Yes I old !!
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gypsyme3
Thanks for ALL THE MUSIC SIR !!
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Goldmine
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lj_langston
ghmartin... I completely concur...... omg
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Would love for him to do another RNR CD with Rick Braun ad well as a Summer Horns CD with Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Mindi Abair
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crisp & smooth at the same time........ . . saw him in concert in Clearwater, FL yrs ago......... . . . . . sure got my money's worth....... fantastic musician
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I love him and the blessing God has blessed him with . I met him in Monroe Mich. at St. Marys Park. He is very nice, just like his music. If i had to rate his music ,he would get a 10 and 10 being the highest..
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