Diego resident saxophonist Richard Elliot has already had an
exemplary musical career that is second to none. Tower of
Powers, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson and the Temptations
were already on his agenda at a young age. In 1986 he
released his debut album Trolltown. Since this time
he has recorded more than twenty albums. His new album
Authentic Life (2021) is the current gauge of his
development as a person and artist.
list of musicians involved, it's
easy to see that a heavyweight of smooth jazz has been
invited to record. Richard has rightly recognized that in
today's music market you don't have to spill the beans, you
have to make a killing if you want to play a significant
role in the charts. From the current pandemic, Richard has
learned a lesson that mutual inspiration is not only
possible in the context of a studio recording, rather an
interaction can also take place virtually.
After all, the musicians involved are all professionals and
are very familiar and equipped with music production via the
Internet. Anyone who uses the title Snapshot has to
compete with George Duke. With Rick Braun and David Mann,
Richard builds a strong horn trio reminiscent of the old
days of Tower Of Power. Add to that Jeff Lorber's staccato
synth bass and you're set.
From the energetic to the
gently elegant. Walk With Me, while also offering
an exquisite horn arrangement, appeals more to the evening
flâneur. Right On Time ventures back to the old
Motown days, when the Stylistics have sung I Can't Give
Authentic Life is
Richard's very own expression of his musical personality
with a charismatic melody genuinely accompanied by his
musical comrade in mind Rick Braun. Move Ahead
might be inspired by the songs Sunny and Angela.
Richard delivers beautiful memories in the best packaging.
Living Inside Myself is a song
by Canadian singer Gino
Vannelli released on his seventh album Nightwalker.
With its emotional romance, this is a pitch for Richard.
Elegant People is Richard's tribute to his audience,
the connoisseurs of good music. It envelops them an aura of
mystery, Moon Gazer is an unknown species with an
unusual affinity for our nearby celestial star. This is
Chris 'Big Dog' Davis is a producer
known for sophisticated productions with that certain
something. With Secrets he shows us what he is all
about. Richard has already successfully collaborated with
Nathaniel Phillips on the previous album Summer Madness.
Boogie succeeds to the grand finale, which turns into a
big gala with Dave Koz and Rick Braun. The whole thing has
without further ado big band level.
Is there any better proof than Authentic Life?
Richard Elliot is the driving force of smooth jazz. When it
comes to the saxophone, there is no way around Richard.
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Title: Authentic Life
Artist: Richard Elliot
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Shanachie Entertainment
1) Snapshot (4:18)
2) Walk With Me (4:15)
3) Right On Time
4) Authentic Life (4:05)
5) Move Ahead (3:56)
Living Inside (4:20)
7) Elegant People (4:22)
9) Secrets (4:11)
10) Boogie (5:38)
Richard Elliot (tenor
Richard Braun (trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone,
Jeff Lorber (keyboards, guitar,
Gary Novak (drums)
David Mann (saxophones)
Gorden Cambell (drums)
Gerey Johnson (guitar)
Dave Koz (baritone saxophone)
Randy Jacobs (guitar)
Phillipe Saisse (keyboards,
Nathaniel Phillips (bass, keyboards,
Jay Williams (drums)
Adam Hawley (guitar)
Ron Reinhardt (keyboards, arrangement)
Tony Pulizzi (guitar)
Chris 'Big Dog' Davis (keyboards, arrangement)
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