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Richard Elliot
10:00 PM - 11:59 PM Yoshi's - Jack London Square

Richard Elliot

Date: March 08, 2019 to March 08, 2019
Where: Yoshi's - Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, California, United States, 94607
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When tenor saxophonist Richard Elliot began preparing Summer Madness, his follow-up to 2014s critically acclaimed Lip Service, he knew exactly what he wanted to do. First and foremost, it had to be funky. When I was growing up in the 70s and first learning to play the saxophone, he says, I was mostly attracted to instrumentally based R&B and to jazz that had R&B roots. This record definitely goes down that path, leaning more on the funk side. He also knew precisely who he wanted to accompany him on the new music. I wanted to involve my band, Elliot says. A lot of artists tour with a group of musicians, and then when its time to make a record they hook up with a producer and go into the studio and use completely different people that maybe theyve never even met before. I feel that if youre lucky enough to have a regular group of musicians that you work with, and you dont draw on their talent and their inspirations, youre short-changing yourself.Summer Madness, set for release on September 9, 2016 via Heads Up, a division of Concord Music Group, is a new kind of Richard Elliot recording. For one thing, the cast includes two other horn men augmenting Elliots signature sax work: trumpeter/trombonist Rick Braun, who also produced the album and, on several tracks, baritone saxophonist Curt Waylee. Most importantly though, the music was created from scratch as Elliot and his handpicked musicians formulated and honed their ideas in the studio, with Brauns ultra-capable guidance. For Elliot, recruiting the additional players and having the entire bandplus a well-respected veteran producer help him shape the musicwas integral to the projects success. I didnt want to direct them, he says. I wanted to bring them in and let them be part of the processthe writing, the arrangingand to do it all together. I had a lot of confidence that these guys are mature enough musically. Everybody brought what they do to the table and we all put our heads together. We didnt have rehearsals
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