By now, my regular readers should be able to tell that I’m a huge Richard Elliot fan. He was the first artist to be featured on what is now Smooth Jazz Sunday, and I’ve also featured a song from his latest release. Today I’m reaching back in his catalog to 1997, to a song called “Jumpin’ Off.”
This song has stayed with me throughout the last twenty (!) years, whether on a smooth jazz mixtape, just randomly playing it when I think about how it glides along, or using it as a starting song, or a “jumpin’ off” point. Elliot is one of the current standard bearers of the smooth jazz scene, and he’s been doing his thing now for almost twenty-five years. That’s a pretty good career, I’d say. Certainly it’s been quite a journey for him from his days playing in the Tower of Power horn section.
Usually the Smooth Jazz Sunday goes up early on that day, but I didn’t have anything written early today. But at least on the east coast of the U.S., it is still Sunday, so I made the deadline. Wherever you are, I hope you enjoy this song, and whatever is left of your Sunday. If it’s Monday, I hope it gets off to a great start. As always, thanks for reading and listening.