Los Angeles-based saxophonist and composer Richard Elliot is widely considered one of the architects of urban contemporary jazz. After indulging his lifelong love of funk and R&B as a studio ace and spending five years as a member of Tower of Power, Elliot and his fat, reedy tone began braiding soul, funk, and hip-hop grooves with smooth jazz on his albums including 1986's Trolltown. After signing to Blue Note in 1989, he issued a host of charting albums for the label including 1992's On the Town, and 1997's Jumpin' Off. Elliot's records helped to define the contemporary jazz radio format. During that period he also helped launch the annual franchised Guitars & Saxes tours. He continued developing his own accessible sound into the 21st century on two charting outings for GRP including 2001's Crush and 2003's Ricochet. 2005's Metro Blue ...
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