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Saxophonist Richard Elliot has arrived at a very special anniversary for blowing audiences away with his soulfully robust playing. 2014 marks 30 years since the release of his debut solo album, Initial Approach (ITI – 1984), on which he stepped out showcasing his tenor sax, soprano sax, Lyricon and writing skills. What does a red-blooded Scottish sax man raised in Los Angeles – now ... Read more in Amazon's Richard Elliot Store

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  • Audio CD (June 28, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Artizen
  • ASIN: B0009ML2M4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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State-of-the-art contemporary jazz from a true core artist of the genre. First single, 'People Make the World Go Round' is destined to join Richard's (over) 20 Radio & Records Jazz Chart #1's. Tenor saxophonist Elliot is joined by an all-star crew including producer/trumpeter Rick Braun, keyboard players Jeff Lorber, Gregg Karukas, Rex Rideout and Brian Culbertson, guitarist Dwight Sills, percussionist Lenny Castro, drummer Michael White and others. Artizan. 2005.

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Tenor saxophonist Richard Elliot was a member of the legendary horn line in Tower of Power, so it's no surprise that funky and soulful grooves empower Metro Blue. From the cascading lines in the opening "Inside Out" to the ethereal balladry of the closing title track, Elliot's playing ties the set together with undeniable personality. Urban and nocturnal in character, the ten songs are infused with a sense of the organic, through those warm and human sax lines. Trumpet and flugelhorn player Rick Braun is also a key member, playing off of, or in tandem with, Elliot. He also co-produced and his keyboard elements add an emotional layer throughout, such as when he utilizes the sound of pizzicato strings on "People Make the World Go Round." --David Greenberger

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Shore on June 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
One of Smooth Jazz's true sax icons has outdone himself once again! Richard Elliot, with his fourteenth solo release, on his own label this time (he, along with Rick Braun, is a partner in the company), nails it with METRO BLUE. He's an amazing player, and he gets better with each new release, showing more creative twists and nuances every time out. METRO BLUE contains nine new songs, all collaborations with Rick. They didn't spare superstar talent in the studio, either, using Jeff Lorber, Peter White, Brian Culbertson, Dwight Sills, and Gregg Karukas, among others, on the sessions. METRO BLUE is an exhilarating meeting of both old and new schools, using classic horn sections and very cool keyboard sounds...but always sounding clearly "today." The one cover on the set is a song Richard's been wanting to re-do for years, The Stylistics' "People Make the World Go Round." This new version takes a great song and creates an even better one, sounding incredibly fresh and different. No wonder it's already propelled METRO BLUE into the [...] Top 5 most played new CDs on Smooth Jazz radio stations across the U.S. and abroad. Other standout tracks to my ear include "Inside Out," "Camella," "Coastline," "Mystique," and "Maxi's" but, then again, I wouldn't tune anything on this album out if I heard it on the radio. METRO BLUE is signature Richard Elliot kicked up yet another notch, and I'm predicting that it will end up on everyone's list of the best Smooth Jazz albums of the year! ~Scott O'Brien
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bill Cowen on September 28, 2005
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I have 10 other Richard Elliot CD's and fine this to be one of my favorites. I like all ten of the selections included in this album. Usually, there are a couple of tunes on any CD that you do not particularily care for. I particularily liked the variety of the ten tunes selected for Metro Blue. Hope you enjoy the CD as I have.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Preston on July 21, 2005
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This is the first time I've heard a Richard Elliot album, even though he's appeared on some other jazz artists' albums. It is excellent all throughout! Standouts are Inside Out, Camella, Coastline, People Make The World Go Round (nice remake of Freddie Hubbard's song), track 7, and the final song, the reflective and quiet Metro Blue. It's very entertaining smooth jazz that is addictive and modern with the keyboards, horns and live feel. The only jazz album to rival it this year is Paul Taylor's album. Elliot glides well through the mostly funky arrangements and landscapes on his sax. He has a lot of producers on here, including himself, Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Brian Culbertson, and others, but the collection is all consistent through one listen. You have to get this soon!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul V. Smith on October 16, 2005
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I WAS TOTALLY PLEASED WITH THIS CD! TERRIFIC JOB! HOPE YOU CAN TOP THIS ONE!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John F. Reed on September 17, 2005
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What a smooth sounding piece of work! I had never been a fan of his before, so I thought I would give this a try. I am glad I did and I will definitely be buying more of his work.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Bates on June 30, 2005
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If your new to Richard, brief bio..sax with Tower of Power, solo in late 80s and making hits ever since. This is his debut for the new label which he cofounded with buddy Rick Braun. Richard always catchy tunes. This doesn't disappoint. He particularly loves the Stylistics and this song contains his interpretation of People Make The World Go Round. I also enjoyed tunes like Coastline, Chill Bill and Mango Tango.

Since my review was actually done before release and I finally posted, know that I picked up my CD at his live show which was the first night he made it commercially available. I listened to it on drive home and several times since. It is just a great listen and know I look forward to other releases from ARTizen records.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jan on September 16, 2005
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I was very excited to find a new CD out by Richard Elliot. I'm a huge fan. The first time I saw him was in Omaha, Ne. the night Operation Desert Storm began. I remember thinking, "How can I go to this concert and have fun while our troops are seeing horrors at war?". I did go to the concert though, and my love affair began.
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