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Chill Factor
     

Chill Factor

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by Richard Elliot
 
Richard Elliot chose to go with the production expertise of Steve Dubin on his Chill Factor, but the silky, simmering soul influence of Paul Brown -- who produced the veteran saxman's previous hit, Jumpin' Off -- has stuck. Where Elliot once routinely went for the

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Richard Elliot chose to go with the production expertise of Steve Dubin on his Chill Factor, but the silky, simmering soul influence of Paul Brown -- who produced the veteran saxman's previous hit, Jumpin' Off -- has stuck. Where Elliot once routinely went for the jugular and blistering approach to his tenor, he lives up to this disc's name by bringing out some of his best hooks in a gentler, restrained mode. In the past, you might never mistake an Elliot horn lick for one by the master of funky cool, Boney James, but he's in that zone from the first easygoing notes of the bluesy opening track "Moomba." That's not to say he won't let out occasional gushes of the old intensity during certain break points in a tune, but it has to be the right occasion, like wrapping around Tim Heintz's bouncy Rhodes and Rick Braun's sassy flügelhorn on the title track. With other guests like Peter White, Elliot sets the example; rather than let White chime in with nylon string gymnastics, he instead asks the acoustic guitarist to simply embrace his gentle sax melody so tightly that you can hardly tell he's there. The most remarkable evidences of the new, more mature Elliot are the low bass tone he uses on the smoky ballad "Deep Touch" (what Gerry Mulligan might have sounded like on tenor) and the elegant, folksy duet "Mikayla's Smile," where he picks up his rarely used soprano and wraps a loving melody around the swaying acoustic guitar harmony lines of Dwight Sills.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/1999
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724385748127
catalogNumber:
57481

Tracks

  1. Moomba
  2. Chill Factor
  3. Deep Touch
  4. This Could Be Real
  5. Who?
  6. On The Fly
  7. Adia
  8. Like Butter
  9. Kick It Up
  10. Ain't Nothin' Like the Real Thing
  11. Mikayla's Smile

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Elliot   Primary Artist,Saxophone
Siedah Garrett   Vocals
Robbie Nevil   Guitar,Background Vocals
Tim Heintz   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Dwight Sills   Guitar
Peter White   Acoustic Guitar
Alex Al   Bass
Rick Braun   Flugelhorn
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Luis Conte   Percussion
Steve Dubin   Drums
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Lil John Roberts   Drums
Wah-Wah Watson   Guitar
Forman   Keyboards
Leon Bisquera   Keyboards
Michael Sims   Guitar

Technical Credits

Ken Deranteriasian   Engineer
Steve Dubin   Programming,Producer
David Rideau   Engineer
Barry Rudolph   Engineer
Dave Hancock   Engineer
Koji Egawa   Engineer
Michael Huff   Engineer
Marty Christensen   Engineer
Gordon H. Jee   Art Direction
Tim Heinz   Composer

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Chill Factor 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been listening to Richard Elliot for almost ten years, and can honestly say this is one of his best! Just like a fine wine, he keeps getting better with time! Listen and Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heard this in Florida whilst over on vacation, i will never forget this song, it is superb, smooth & sensual . My 6 yr old loves it too! We also got married so sentimental value added in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago