Album Review: Richard Elliot | In The Zone
By Ian Cooke
Scotland born Richard Elliot celebrates his 25th
anniversary as a recording solo artist with this latest offering
co-produced with Jeff Lorber. It’s a Winner!! Drawing upon his
influences: legends Grover Washington Jr., Bob James and David Sanborn, In The Zone is a 10 song horn oriented delight. Eight tracks written by Richard himself, one with co-producer Jeff Lorber and one, a Marvin Gaye song.
Set opener “Island Style” is a smooth Caribbean groove and than segues
into “Boom Town” the first single which has a funkier sound with fine
guitar work by Dwight Sills and co-producer Jeff Lorber. Mr. Elliot provides a timely solo.
Throughout this new release, Elliot’s influences are represented. “Inner
City Blues” is a tip of the hat to Washington’s early 70’s version. The
“Lower Road” is a gorgeous melody by Elliot with nice guitar work by
Michael Thompson and Jeff Lorber with a nod to James gift for melodies.
In The Zone
again proves why Richard Elliot is such a joy to listen and see in
concert. He shows his love of music he played when first starting out.
The type that provides joy and enthusiasm as he follows his heroes
The Urban Music Scene