The Best of Richard Elliot

The Best of Richard Elliot

by Richard ElliotRichard Elliot




This document of Richard Elliot's Blue Note years showcases a virtual master saxophonist who decided that smooth jazz was the pace for him to make his mark, and his money, and he probably did all right at it. Elliot was a mainstay on "contemporary" or "smooth" jazz radio stations for much of the '90s though he began his run with the label in 1976. These 17 tracks document his years with the label and include all of his radio material as well as some other sides consistent in flavor and sound. What differs most from track to track here is the sound of the production more than Elliot's playing, which remains melodic, slightly funky and soulful in a very abstract manner; his tone, unlike say, David Sanborn's or George Howard's is actually kind of cool and distant instead of deeply emotive. It should also be noted that after leaving the label, first for GRP and then Artizen, his records in the 21st century, while still very accessible and in the smooth jazz vein, are creatively more compelling and more interesting production-wise than his earlier recordings.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/21/2000
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724353024925
catalogNumber: 30249

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Elliot   Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Robbie Nevil   Keyboards
Bobby Caldwell   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Peter White   Guitar
Alex Al   Bass
Rick Braun   Flugelhorn
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Luis Conte   Percussion
Brian Culbertson   Keyboards
Bob Harsen   Percussion,Drums
Cliff Hugo   Bass
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Tom Kellock   Keyboards
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Sam Mims   Keyboards
Lil John Roberts   Drums
Art Rodriguez   Drums
Dan Shea   Keyboards
Richard Smith   Guitar
Carl Verheyen   Guitar
Wah Wah Watson   Guitar
Craig Yamek   Percussion
Naoki Yanai   Bass
Dave Reinhardt   Percussion,Drums
Ron Reinhardt   Keyboards
Tim Heinz   Keyboards
Alan Hinds   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bobby Caldwell   Producer
Richard Elliot   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Eric Stewart   Composer
Hilary Bercovici   Programming,Producer
Paul Brown   Composer,Programming,Producer
Steve Dubin   Composer,Programming,Producer
Art Rodriguez   Composer
Dan Shea   Programming
Andrew Wright   Composer
Calvin Lewis   Composer
Chris Kornmann   Art Direction
David Elliot   Composer
Tim Heinz   Composer

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