Thursday, February 24, 2022



“There are absolute parallels between Jazz and flying,” confesses Grammy-nominated tenor titan Richard Elliot ,who has been flying airplanes for the past three decades. The Renaissance man, who is currently engrossed in the colossal project of building his own airplane, adds “When you are performing and flying you are 100 percent consumed and focused on that experience from a technical perspective, emotional and aesthetic perspective, taking in everything around you.”

The chart-topping saxophonist and pioneering Contemporary Jazz musician’s instantly recognizable trademark tenor has afforded him the opportunity to work with everyone from Smokey Robinson, Bonnie Raitt and The Temptations to Dave Koz, Tower of Power and Gerald Albright, to name a few.

Some of the special guests joining Elliot on Authentic Life include trumpeter Rick Braun, keyboardists Jeff Lorber, Chris “Big Dog” Davis and Philippe Saisse, saxophonists Dave Koz and David Mann, and percussionist Lenny Castro, among others. “It was wonderful collaborating with these guys because each one of them pushes me in a different direction melodically.”

Authentic Life features the forward momentum of the new radio single "Move Ahead,” a refreshing and uplifting track that is bound to inspire joy. Co-written with Philippe Saisse and Rick Braun, it’s a swinger with a percussive backbeat with drummer Jay Williams and percussionist Lenny Castro and once again shows off the magnetic chemistry between Richard Elliot and Rick Braun.

Elliot adds, “This song is the musical embodiment of moving forward and beyond the challenges that we have all had to face this past year.”

Richard Elliot – Tenor saxophone
Rick Braun – Trumpet
Philippe Saisse – Keyboards, arrangement
Nathaniel Phillips – Bass
Jay Williams – Drums
Lenny Castro – Percussion
Adam Hawley – Guitar