Scottish-born saxophonist Richard Elliot started out with the rock band KittyHawk and later joined the funk-rock group Tower of Power, playing with them in the ’80’s. He spent some time with The Yellowjackets before his solo career took off with his cover of the Percy Sledge hit, “When a Man Loves A Woman,” on his 1989 album Take To The Skies.
On his most recent solo album, 2016’s Summer Madness, he pays tribute to the late Gato Barbieri with his cover of Carlos Santana’s “Europa (Earth’s Cry, Heaven’s Smile).”
Richard also participated in 2013’s Summer Horns with Gerald Albright, Dave Koz, and Mindi Abair. He founded the record label ARTizen Music Group (now Artistry Records) in 2005 with trumpeter and frequent collaborator Rick Braun. His website tells us he’ll be in Tampa, Florida on January 20 at the Black Heritage Festival and at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland, California on March 8 and 9.
Richard Elliot, your Two for Tuesday, January 8, 2019.