Richard Elliot – Summer Madness (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 44:09 minutes | 546 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSound | Artwork: Digital booklet | © Heads Up
Tenor saxophonist Richard Elliot celebrates his funk and R&B roots on Summer Madness, the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2014 release Lip Service. Recorded with the members of his touring band, the album’s cast includes two other horn players augmenting Elliot’s signature sax work: trumpeter and trombonist Rick Braun, who also produced the sessions and, on several tracks, baritone saxophonist Curt Waylee appears. Most importantly though, the songs were created from scratch as Elliot and his musicians formulated and honed their ideas in the studio, with Braun’s ultra-capable guidance. For Elliot, recruiting the additional players and having the entire band, plus a respected veteran producer help him shape the music, was integral to the project’s success.
Summer Madness is a new kind of Richard Elliot recording. For one thing, the cast includes two other horn men augmenting Elliot’s 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 Braun’s ultra-capable guidance. For Elliot, recruiting the additional players and having the entire band plus a well-respected veteran producer help him shape the music was integral to the project’s success.
The result seven new originals and three classic interpretations is unquestionably one of the most electrifying and gratifying recordings of Richard Elliot’s three-plus-decade solo career. From the opening salvo, a super-funkified take on Spyro Gyra’s ‘Cachaca’, through the closing ‘Mr. Nate’s Wild Ride,’ spotlighting bassist Nathaniel Phillips, who wrote the track along with Elliot and Braun, Summer Madness is one of those albums that simply takes hold the moment you press play and never lets go. Along the way it touches down on a variety of moods and styles, from Latin- and African-inspired funk to soul jazz, even flirting with fusion on the hard-driving, appropriately titled ‘Ludicrous Speed’.
01 – Cachaca
02 – Breakin’ It Down
03 – Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile)
04 – West Coast Jam
05 – Harry The Hipster
06 – Slam-O-Rama
07 – Back To You
08 – Ludicrous Speed
09 – Summer Madness
10 – Mr. Nate’s Wild Ride