Rick Braun & Richard Elliott
291 Keswick Ave., Glenside, PA
THURS., AUG. 21, 8:00 PM
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RICK BRAUN & RICHARD ELLIOT's RnR - the smooth jazz CD release of 2007 becomes the can't miss concert of 2008 as two of the world's favorite smooth jazz artists unite at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside on Thurs., Aug. 21 @ 8:00 PM.
With 24 solo albums between them and a massive catalog of chart-topping radio hits, the electrifying collaboration between BRAUN & ELLIOT has been years in the making. They've toured together and have made guest appearances on each other's records, so it was inevitable that the two heavyweights would step into the ring together to deliver a knockout album full of punchy beats and rhythms, potent melodies and collaborative sparks.
We've had so much fun playing together live that it was time for us to get together musically," declares Elliott. We have different approaches yet they are complementary. We called upon our roots and we constantly bounced ideas off each other. As much as we let the songs develop and evolve from our interaction, the record was probably more honed and refined than other albums because we were constantly going over the work and tweaking and changing things."
RnR was conceptualized on the fly without any preconceived ideas. Armed with grooves from a number of sources, including album contributors Jeff Lorber, Rex Rideout and Philippe Saisse, BRAUN & ELLIOT wrote the melodies while recording, with Braun playing his horn with one hand while controlling the soundboard with the other! The result has all the spontaneity and smoldering energy of a live performance!
Kicking things off is the groovy title track, an infectious horn-drenched romp that seems both familiar and fresh. Sao Paulo" with its breezy exotic romance and the upbeat, optimistic Better Times" have already been chart toppers on smooth jazz radio. Overall, I think the album is very energetic and percolates," says Braun, but it also has an intimate and warm sound."
Rick Braun, who started his professional career by writing a Top 20 pop hit for REO Speedwagon ("Here With Me"), plays trumpet, flugelhorn and keyboards. The Allentown, PA native has played in bands behind Rod Stewart, Sade, Tom Petty, Tina Turner, Natalie Cole and Crowded House. Since debuting as a solo artist in 1993, he's been honored as Gavin's Artist of the Year" twice in addition to collecting a Gavin Album of the Year" trophy and Best Producer" and Best Brass Player" titles from the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards.
Richard Elliott began his recording career while playing with Motown legends Smokey Robinson and The Temptations. He was still a teenager when he toured with Melissa Manchester. That gig led to him spending five formative years playing in the mighty Tower of Power, molding him into a passionate entertainer. He put out his first solo album in 1976 and in subsequent years, the Scotland-born, Los Angeles-raised saxophonist became a steady voice in contemporary jazz, consistently scoring hit after hit and growing legions of fans year after year.
Tickets are $35.00 (discount group tickets available by calling 215-572-7650-X208) and can be ordered online @ keswicktheatre.com, via 24-Hr. Phone-Charge (215-572-7650), and in person at the box office Mondays thru Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM.