Richard Elliot Calls On Top Stars For New CD

Saxophonist Richard Elliot's Metro Blue will be the first all-new CD for the Artisan label.

jazz-richard-elliot.jpgThe first album of all new material by one of smooth jazz�s newest record labels have some of its biggest stars represented. Artisan Records, which was co-founded last year by trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Richard Elliot, called on some heavy hitters for Elliot�s new album called Metro Blue.

Recruited for the project were Braun, guitarist Peter White and keyboardists Brian Culbertson, Jeff Lorber, Gregg Karukas and Rex Rideout. Also on the album are bassists Nate Philips and Ronnie Garrett, drummer Michael White, guitarist Dwight Sills and keyboardist Phil Davis.

The CD, co-produced by Elliot and Braun, features such titles as �Inside Out,� �Coastline,� �Chill Bill� and a cover of the classic �People Make the World Go Round.� The latter is the first song released to smooth jazz radio.

The CD is Richard�s follow-up to Ricochet, which was released in 2003 by the GRP label. Metro Blue will be released on June 28.

Metro Blue

1. Inside Out � 4:10
2. Camella � 4:06
3. Coastline - 4:34
4. People Make The World Go Round - 4:25
5. Say It�s So - 4:13
6. Chill Bill - 4:01
7. Mystique - 4:28
8. Mango Tango - 4:38
9. Maxis - 4:01
10. Metro Blue - 2:55