A few weeks back when I started Smooth Jazz Sundays, I featured Richard Elliot and his cover of Sarah McLachlan’s “Adia.” At that time, I mentioned that Elliot should have some new music coming out soon. It turns out that soon was this past Friday; Elliot released his latest album Summer Madness on that day. Like most smooth jazz albums, it has its share of covers: the title track (original done by Kool & The Gang), “Cachaca” (done by smooth jazz/fusion legends Spyro Gyra), and “Europa (Earth’s Cry, Heaven’s Smile)” (done by Santana). Covers are nice, but what really gets me on this album are the originals.
One of those originals that stands out for me is today’s featured track. “Slam-O-Rama” is a slab of funk, Elliot-style. If you love horns, you will love this one. As a matter of fact, coming off the Jam It or Slam It! I just did for Nu Shooz, this song is right in that vein. If you liked that one, I think you’ll like this one too. In an interview, Elliot viewed this album as a return to his roots in R&B, and you can definitely hear it throughout
Elliot sounds like the one-time member of the Tower of Power horn section he once was. From the opening, he’s coming out of the gates with the fire. I’m also loving the horn lines on this one. There’s a reason that Elliot is one of the most popular sax players in smooth jazz; this song and this album certainly won’t hurt his popularity one bit. In fact, much to my surprise, SoulTracks.com likes this album so much, it is featuring it in its “Listening Room” for the month.
I usually go for the calmer songs for Smooth Jazz Sunday, but today I picked a track that funks it up a bit. I hope you enjoy it. It should start the day off lovely for you. As always, thanks for reading and listening.