Richard Elliot

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For those of a similar name, see Richard Elliott (disambiguation). For the naval officer, see Richard M. Elliot.
Richard Elliot
Richard Elliot performing in 2005
Background information
Birth name Richard Joel Elliot
Born (1960-01-16) January 16, 1960 (age 56)
Glasgow, Scotland
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1977-present
Associated acts Tower of Power

Richard Elliot (born January 16, 1960 in Glasgow, Scotland[1]) is a Scottish-born American saxophone player.

He was a member of the funk band Tower of Power playing tenor sax for 5 years during the 1980s.[2] He also worked on Stacy Lattisaw's 1986 album "Take Me All The Way". His solo career took off when he remade the Percy Sledge classic "When a Man Loves a Woman" (which had also been remade by Michael Bolton). Other well-known songs include "In the Groove", "Take Your Time", "Crush", "Chill Factor", "Corner Pocket", and "Sly", as well as remakes of classic pop songs like "I'm Not in Love" and the Luther Vandross hits "Here and Now" and "Your Secret Love."

Elliot participated with fellow saxophonists Paul Taylor, Gerald Albright and keyboardist Jeff Lorber in the "Grooving for Grover" concert series. The series honored the legacy of the late Grover Washington, Jr., who was a founding father of smooth jazz.

Elliot was known for his zebra-striped tenor saxophone. In 2011, he switched from LA SAX Saxes to Dakota Saxophones, which the owner Peter LaPlaca sold LA for Dakota.

In 2005, Elliot joined trumpeter Rick Braun[3] as they co-founded their own label, ARTizen Music Group (now known as Artistry Music). Among the first albums on that label is Elliot's own, Metro Blue.


  • Trolltown (1986)
  • Initial Approach (1987)
  • Power of Suggestion (1988)
  • Take to the Skies (1989)
  • What's Inside (1990)
  • On the Town (1991)
  • Soul Embrace (1993)
  • After Dark (1994)
  • City Speak (1996)
  • Jumpin' Off (1997)
  • Chill Factor (1999)
  • The Best of Richard Elliot (2000)
  • Ballads (2001)
  • Crush (2001)
  • Ricochet (2003)
  • Forever, For Always, For Luther (compilation with various artists) (2004)
  • Metro Blue (2005)
  • R n R (with Rick Braun) (2007)
  • Rock Steady (2009)
  • In the Zone (2011)
  • Summer Horns - from Dave Koz and Friends (2013)
  • Number Ones (2013)
  • Lip Service (2014)


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  2. ^ Skelly, Richard. "Richard Elliot: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  3. ^ Lozinak, Susan (2007-11-24). "CD/LP Review: RnR". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 

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