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.
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