Crush

Crush

by Richard Elliot
     
 
Passion is the story for Richard Elliott, at least the kind that can be expressed through the tenor saxophone. On Crush, the acclaimed smooth-jazz stylist, and former member of Tower of Power, lays his from-the-heart sound out there on ten tracks that successfully mingle pop and funk with a sensual vibe thick enough to slice. With instrumental support from

Overview

Passion is the story for Richard Elliott, at least the kind that can be expressed through the tenor saxophone. On Crush, the acclaimed smooth-jazz stylist, and former member of Tower of Power, lays his from-the-heart sound out there on ten tracks that successfully mingle pop and funk with a sensual vibe thick enough to slice. With instrumental support from keyboardist Jeff Lorber on a few choice cuts, and vocal power supplied by Jonathan Butler (who takes a winning turn on "If I Kissed You"), Sue Ann Carwell (enlivening the slinky "Brand New Affair"), and Siedah Garrett (who handles background vocals on two tracks), Elliott has produced one of his most memorable recordings. His take on the Motown classic "Shotgun," (originally recorded by Junior Walker and the All-Stars) features a stinging guitar solo from Jeff Golub and plenty of the leader's sassy sax playing. It's a fun performance on a most entertaining album.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Love
Somewhere between the smooth silkiness of R&B and the technically proficient slickness of jazz lies the genre known as quiet storm, which artists like Kenny G have ridden to popularity. With its programmed beats, laid-back grooves, stylized production, and romance, it's a bit of surprise to hear someone like Richard Elliott signed to Verve's subsidiary label, GRP, try his hand at this, but he has solid chops, and his sax soloing fits right in the quiet storm groove. The title track and "Work All Night" make things a little funky at times.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2001
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0731454977425
catalogNumber:
549774

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Elliot   Primary Artist,Saxophone
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
Jonathan Butler   Vocals
Tim Heintz   Keyboards
Jeff Lorber   Keyboards
Sue Ann Carwell   Vocals
Alex Al   Bass
Christopher Bolden   Keyboards
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Gary Grant   Horn Section
Jerry Hey   Flugelhorn,Horn Section
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Larry Kimpel   Bass
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Lil John Roberts   Drums
Roberto Vally   Bass
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Horn Section
Neil Angilley   Keyboards
Michael Sims   Guitar

Technical Credits

Christopher Bolden   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Steve Dubin   Producer,drum programming
Bud Harner   Executive Producer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
David Rideau   Engineer
Mick Wilson   Programming
Koji Egawa   Engineer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Stuart Wade   Producer

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