Berks Jazz Fest 2008: Rick Braun & Richard Elliot

Berks08_BraunElliot.jpgFriday night trumpet player Rick Braun and saxophonist Richard Elliot appeared at the Scottish Rite Cathedral delivering their tried and tested formula of groovy smooth jazz, they have honed an excellent show over the years and those two veteran artists play together like a well-oiled machine. They were promoting their latest album RnR and were backed by the same band they had on the record, they were Ricky Lawson on drums, Nate Phillips on bass, Ron Reinhardt on keyboards and Dwight Sills on guitar. Rick Braun and Richard Elliot delivered their unique brand of music feeding off of each other creating quite some heat, both are tremendous players and seemed to have a lot of fun. Among the material played was Luther's "Your Secret Love", the Stylistics' "People Make The World Go Round" and "Gazing In The Grass", plus a batch of their own compositions like "Notorious" and tracks from RnR. Both Rick Braun and Richard Elliot did their strolls into the audience to the delight of the capacity crowd. They left the audience in a happy party mood and witnessing these guys play is always very entertaining.